How We Can Help
Covid-19 is impacting everyone in Saint John and we are all trying to figure out how to get by on limited resources. We hope this page will help you find the most up to date and relevant information. Please share this info with your friends, family and neighbours, because we are all in this together.
Government of New Brunswick Recovery Plan
The Government of New Brunswick has established a COVID-19 recovery plan. For more information on the recovery plan, including current public health alerts and a breakdown of regulations for red, orange, yellow, and green levels of recovery, please visit https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/covid-19/recovery.html.
Employment Insurance Benefits & Leave
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in changes to Employment Insurance benefits and leave in Canada. The following financial support programs are administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to help Canadians impacted by COVID-19:
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB):
This program provides financial support to people impacted by COVID-19 who are employed and/or self-employed and not eligible for regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Those eligible for the CRB can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes) for a 2-week period. If hardship continues beyond 2 weeks, applicants must re-apply. Eligible applicants can access financial support for a maximum of 26 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
For more information about the CRB, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB):
This program provides financial support to people who are employed and/or self-employed, but unable to work due to heightened family caregiving responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those eligible for the CRCB can receive $500 ($450 after taxes) for a 1-week period. If supports for 1 week are insufficient, one must re-apply for the CRCB. Eligible applicants can access funding from the CRCB program for a maximum of 26 weeks from September 27, 2020 to September 25, 2021.
For more information about the CRCB, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-caregiving-benefit.html.
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB):
This program provides financial support to people who are employed and/or self-employed, but unable to work as a result of sickness or self-isolation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. People living with underlying health conditions who are unable to work given their increased risk of contracting COVID-19 can also apply for the CRSB. Those eligible for the CRSB can receive $500 ($450 after taxes) for a 1-week period. If supports for 1 week are insufficient, one must re-apply for the CRSB. Eligible applicants can receive financial assistance through the CRSB for a maximum of 2 weeks from September 27, 2020 to September 25, 2021.
For more information about the CRSB, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-sickness-benefit.html.
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS):
This program is targeted towards businesses, non-profit organizations, and/or charities whose revenues have decreased as a consequence of COVID-19. The CERS is designed to help cover the costs of commercial rent or property expenses from September 27, 2020 to June 2021. It will be paid to eligible renters and property owners; landlord involvement is not required. Eligible applicants may qualify for additional lockdown support if their businesses are impacted by a public health order for 1 or more weeks.
For more information about the CERS, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-rent-subsidy.html.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS):
This program supports Canadian employers whose revenues have decreased as a consequence of COVID-19. The CEWS can cover a portion of employee wages, taking effect from March 15, 2020. It is designed to help employers hire additional staff, avoid job losses, and continue the normal operations of their businesses.
For more information about the CEWS, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB):
This program offered financial support to employed and/or self-employed Canadians who were impacted by COVID-19. Eligible applicants earned $2,000 for a 4-week period ($500 weekly) from March 15, 2020 to September 26, 2020. Individuals can no longer apply or re-apply for the CERB because the benefit period has ended.
For more information about the CERB, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html.
For more information about the various benefits, credits, and financial support options available to assist Canadians affected by COVID-19, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/covid-19-benefits-credits-support-payments.html. Alternatively, you can call 1-833-966-2099 to speak directly with an agent.
For more information about Employment Insurance benefits and leave for reasons unrelated to COVID-19, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html.
Romero House will be serving hot (take-away only) meals through their dining room window from 9:30am-1:00pm. If you need an extra bag for your children at home or a self-isolating neighbour, please ask and they will do their best!
Bee Me Kids is helping families and you can order a grocery box online. Check their FB page for updates and to find the form.
Meals on Wheels has been provided additional funding to allow them to provide free meals for seniors in need. Seniors can call directly and to be signed up.
Saint John: 658-1888
St. Stephen: 466-1759
St. Andrews: 529-5240
Independence Plus will expand their Handi-Bus service to seniors to transport them for essential items such as the grocery store, pharmacy, and bank. The cost is $5/ride, some subsidies available.
Nick Nicolle Center will have grab & go breakfast that you can pick up from 8:30 -10 a.m. and lunch you can pick up from 12-1 p.m. from Monday-Friday as supplies last. Please do not send children to pick up food and only send one adult to pick up for your family. For seniors and more vulnerable folks, if you need support, there are volunteers that may be able to help with delivery. Just call the centre. Please bring your own bags when picking up lunches.
Greater Saint John Emergency Food Program: A collaboration of not for profits are responding to emergency food needs of residents and complementing the work of local food banks by delivering grocery packs to doorsteps city wide. They are supporting individuals who have mobility barriers, individuals who have no local support networks, and those experiencing economic crisis.
To Request Food Support Call (506)-647-9813
For Questions/Details About the Program Email email@example.com
The Greater Saint John Emergency Food Program has been responding to the emergency food needs of residents for eight weeks now, as of May 5th they have served 36,350 meals to people in need during the COVID-19 crisis:
The Saint John Local Immigration Partnership (SJLIP) has put together a comprehensive list of grocery and meal options available in our community. Click the images people below to open a list with clickable links.
Community Food Basket: Open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The Community Food Basket is working under a COVID-19 operational plan. Only one client is permitted inside the facility at a time. Please line up outside the entry door until it is your turn to register and pick up your order. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times. Note: “Client Choice” service is suspended; 3 bags of food with 3 choices of protein products will be distributed.
Saint John East Food Bank is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm Call: 633-8298
West Side Food Bank: Open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Only one household member is permitted inside the facility to place an order. Wearing masks and practicing socially distancing are required. Please refrain from visiting the food bank if you are feeling unwell. Please dress for the weather, as you will be asked to wait outside until it is your turn to pick up your order.
North End Food Bank: Open on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and Thursday evenings by appointment only. The appointments are designated for people who work during the food bank’s regular business hours. To make an appointment, call the number below or send a direct message to the food bank on Facebook by 3:00 pm on Thursday. Please dress for the weather, as you may have to wait outside until it is your turn to order. Only one household member is permitted inside the food bank. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask at all times.
KV Food Bank: Open on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. When you arrive at the Food Basket, take a number from the ticket dispenser placed at the parking lot entrance. Please wait in your vehicle until your number appears in the Food Basket window. At that time, you may come to the front of the building to register and place your order. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. You will be asked to provide a personal phone number for contact tracing. After you have registered and ordered, please return to your vehicle and drive up to the parcel pick-up tent to collect your order.
River Valley Food Bank: Open Tuesdays 9am to 12pm. Deliveries are available.
Hampton Food Bank: Open on the third Thursday of each month from 8:30 am – 11:00 am at St. Alphonsus Church. Please enter via Tilley Street and exit on Church St. Please remain in your vehicle and wear a mask when speaking with the registration staff. Your order will be placed in your trunk via contactless delivery.