COVID-19 Updates

Attention Members: COVID-19

Please read the following communications from International Vice-President Arnie Stadnick:

May 22: A gradual return to work and normality (PDF)
March 26: COVID-19 and it's impact on IBB Canada (PDF)
March 16: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF)

Updated: COVID-19 and your Plan

Frequently Asked Questions about your health and welfare and pension plans related to COVID-19 (check for updates; new updates will be issued periodically): NEW LINK:

May 22, 2020

Benefit-Finder Tool for Emergency Aid

The Federal government has launched an online tool to help Canadians navigate the various financial benefits available during the pandemic.

Learn more here:


May 14, 2020

Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19

The CBC has put together a guide to the benefits that the federal government, provinces and territories are offering to people financially affected by the coronavirus. To view, click here:


April 29, 2020

Wellness Together Canada

Due to COVID-19, many people are concerned about their physical and mental wellbeing. Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides free tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

To learn more:


April 24, 2020

April 28th, National Day of Mourning

Please read the letter below from International Vice-President Arnie Stadnick for the National Day of Mourning.

April 28th, National Day of Mourning (PDF)

Day of Mourning Posters

The following posters are provided in PDF format, click on the images to view.


April 16, 2020

Health Canada warns against 'fraudulent and unauthorized' N95 masks

Health Canada is warning Canadians about the risks of using fraudulent and unauthorized N95 masks that may not offer protection against COVID-19.

Read more: Fraudulent and unauthorized N95 respirators may not protect consumers against COVID-19


April 9, 2020

Mental Health Continuum Video

Mental Health we all have it. See how it can affect you both positively and negatively. Watch this 3-minute video and see what you can do to make yourself the best you can be. Please share it with your fellow brothers and sisters. In times like these, we need to think of our most vulnerable members. Keeping in contact goes a long way to prevent isolation.


April 8, 2020

Using masks to prevent coronavirus

In an attempt to slow the transmission of COVID-19, federal, provincial, and territorial governments in Canada have urged Canadians to limit their interactions with others, practice good personal hygiene and follow physical distancing measures, as well as to stay and work from home to the extent possible. Both the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the US CDC now recommend the voluntary use of non-medical masks or cloth face coverings for the general public where physical distancing (6 ft) is difficult to maintain. This is a departure from the original guidance on masks for the general public based on evolving research to minimize the transmission of COVID-19.

How to make your own face covering

CDC: How to make and wear a face cover (PDF)

In the following video US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.

Preventing coronavirus

The following is advice from the Government of Canada on all the ways you can prevent the spread of coronavirus, including advice on wearing masks.

Government of Canada: Preventing coronavirus


April 7, 2020

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

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If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. If you or someone you know need to apply for this benefit, please see below.

For the most up to date information including who is eligible and how to apply, please refer to the Government of Canada website.

Before you apply

  • Determine your eligibility – see Who can apply below.
  • Check your myCRA account login information - If you are applying online, double check your myCRA account username and password by signing in on the CRA Website.
  • Setup Direct Deposit - If you do not have direct deposit setup with the CRA, you can enrol online by following these instructions: Setup direct deposit with the CRA. Allow 3-5 days via direct deposit vs 10 days via cheque in the mail.
  • Determine what day you can apply - To help manage the volume, the CRA has setup specific days for you to apply based on month of birth. As of this writing (April 7, 2020), it is as follows.  If you were born in the month of:
    • January | February | March: Mondays – Best day to apply is April 6th
    • April | May | June: Tuesdays – Best day to apply is April 7th
    • July | August | September: Wednesdays – Best day to apply is April 8th
    • October | November | December: Thursdays – Best day to apply is April 9th
    • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are open for any birth month

Who can apply

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

Interactive: Do you qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)? (PDF)

Information related to COVID-19 is changing regularly. Members are encouraged to determine their own eligibility by applying as soon as possible here:

Background Information

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan


April 1, 2020

Canada COVID-19 App

Use the Government of Canada COVID-19 app to get all the latest info on COVID-19 in Canada. A self-assessment tool, resources, stats, updates and more:


March 30, 2020

COVID-19 text scam exploiting new emergency benefit program

There is a COVID-19 text scam posing as the new emergency response benefit. For more information see:
Trudeau warns of COVID-19 text scam exploiting new emergency benefit program (CBC)


March 24, 2020

COVID-19: A letter from International President Newton Jones

Please see the following letter from International President Newton Jones.

COVID-19: Letter to Members (PDF)


March 19, 2020

Message from IBB & BCA re COVID-19

Please click the links below for a memo and posters from IBB & BCA re COVID-19:

IBB & BCA MEMO: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (PDF)
COVID-19 Self-Assessment (PDF)
Facts About COVID-19 (PDF)
Being Prepared (PDF)
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Precautions (PDF)



March 17, 2020

EI Inquiries re COVID-19

For all EI inquiries regarding COVID-19, the government has set up a dedicated line for assistance and information:

You can also find information at:



March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Fact Sheets

For the most up to date information on COVID-19 in Canada, how to protect yourself, symptoms and treatment, travel advisories, etc visit:

For more information, see the following fact sheets:


February 11, 2020


Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that are common and are typically associated with mild illnesses, similar to the common cold. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. The severe diseases have included:

Currently a new coronavirus has been identified in China (Wuhan City), and is known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The case was reported on December 31st, 2019, and confirmation of the coronavirus identification occurred on January 7th, 2020. The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with 2019-nCoV as low for Canada (11 Feb 2020). Note: Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.

For more information on the novel coronavirus and basic precautions:


Current Situation

To see the most up to date information on the number of confirmed cases in your province click here.

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