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Update for Workers Affected by COVID-19

March 18, 2020

We understand the stress that every member is feeling at this time. This is unprecedented on many levels. Like so many more of the challenges we face, it takes people working together to make a difference. Right now, the entire world is facing this challenge. Ensuring our family, friends and communities remain safe is the most important thing right now.  FFAW-Unifor is committed to providing the most up-to-date information from the most reputable sources for our members.

If you are a fish harvester or plant worker who cannot return to work due to COVID-19 and your EI claim has expired, and you have no income, you are eligible for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).  The application process for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is now open. Apply quickly via your CRA My Account or via telephone 1-800-959-2041 or 1-800-959-2019. You will need your SIN, verify you’re out of work due to COVID-19 and that you made over $5000 in income last year.



Click here for the April 3 Inshore Fishery Update – Council Recommends May 1st Delay for All Fisheries 

Click here for April 3 Response: Fish Processors Put Profits Over People in Push to Open Fishery

Click here for the April 1st Inshore Fishery Update 

Click here: Applying for the CERB? You need a CRA My Account 

Click here to read: Crab Fishery Postponed in Light of COVID-19 Concerns – March 25, 2020

Click here to read an update for fish harvesters – March 24, 2020

Click here to read an update – FFAW President Speaks with Fisheries Minister – March 22, 2020

Click here to read an update for members – March 21, 2020 

Click here to read a summary of the supports available to impacted workers. 

Click here to read a March 17, 2020 letter for members from FFAW President Keith Sullivan. 

Click here for information on how to apply for COVID-19 related Employment Insurance and Funding.