What to Do If You’re Laid off Due to Coronavirus

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What workers in Canada need to know about applying for EI benefits and looking for a new job

Nearly one million Canadians applied for employment insurance (EI) benefits between March 16 and March 22 and you can be sure that the COVID-19 crisis will have caused another massive spike in applications this week. Just look at what’s happened since Monday: WestJet announced that 6,900 people were leaving the company, while Leon’s Furniture let go of 3,900 staffers. A survey from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, also released this week, found that one-third of small business owners may soon have to shut their doors. Yes, the news, at least at this very moment, is dire, but there are some things you can do to keep money coming in and your spirits high.

Before doing anything, it’s important to understand whether you’ve been…

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