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COVID-19: A roundup of economic relief measures for New Brunswickers

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Brunswick government has announced a number of emergency measures to support New Brunswickers affected by the pandemic. Below is a roundup. We will update this as things change or new measures added.

You can find federal COVID-19 support measures here.

Updated: June 11, 2020

Updates to temporary virtual care codes for walk-in clinics use

What is it?

  • In light of the ongoing pandemic and direction from NB Public Health on social distancing and to aid in the containment of COVID-19, the Department of Health is expanding the use of telephone or secure digital media for care that lends itself to a virtual care visit to walk-in clinics, for services which do not require a physical examination.

 

  • Follow this link for specific billing codes.

Child care fee relief

 

What is it?

  • Coverage of child care fees.

Who’s eligible?

  • Anyone who has lost their income due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Essential workers who have not lost their income but are paying “double fees” (i.e., paying to hold a space at their usual child care facility, plus paying for a child to attend an emergency child care facility) will have their emergency child care covered.

How to apply

  • Sign in to the government’s parent portal or call 1 833 221-9339.

When is it in effect?

  • Immediately, for the duration of the emergency.

WorkSafeNB premiums relief

 

What is it?

  • Employers can defer paying their March, April and May WorkSafeNB premiums until June, without interest charges. Note: This is a temporary postponement of payment; employers will still owe the premiums.

Who’s eligible?

  • Employers who pay their premiums on a monthly basis.

How to apply

  • You may reach them by phone at 1 800 999-9775 or chat with them by email or through their secure MyServices systems.

Small Business Emergency Working Capital Program

 

What is it?

  • Loans of up to $100,000.

Who’s eligible?

  • Small businesses facing financial difficulty during the COVID-19 outbreak. See full criteria.

When is it effective?

  • March 15, 2020.

How to apply?

Deferral of payments on government loans to businesses

 

What is it?

  • Deferral of payments (principal and interest) on Government of New Brunswick loans for up to six months.

Who’s eligible?

  • Businesses with an existing loan from a Government of New Brunswick department can request a deferral. Available on a case-by-case basis. 

When is it in effect?

  • Immediately

How to apply

  • Contact the department that issued the loan.

Waiving late penalties on business property tax

 

What is it?

  • Businesses can apply to have late-payment penalties waived on their business property taxes, due May 31.

Who’s eligible?

  • Available on a case-by-case basis to businesses facing undue financial challenges due to the COVID-19 emergency. The deadline to apply for the program is July 31, 2020, all applications must be received or postmarked by this date.

How to apply

  • To apply for the Business Property Tax Penalty Relief Program, please apply online. If you are unable to access the online application, please print the application found under Forms. Once the application is completed, please mail it to Finance and Treasury Board, Revenue Administration Division, PO Box 3000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5G5.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) payment relief

What is it?

  • AOCA will apply a deferral of three months (until July 2020) to all payments.

Who’s eligible?

  • Anyone who has received ACOA funding. You may also be eligible for additional funding and/or flexible arrangements.

How to apply

Pause on student loan repayments

 

What is it?

  • A six-month interest-free moratorium on New Brunswick student loan repayments.  

When is it in effect?

  • March 30 to September 30, 2020

How to apply

  • No action required. Payments will be automatically be paused and interest will not accrue during this time.

Relief on copayments under New Brunswick Drug Plan

 

What is it?

  • Relief on copayments for prescriptions covered by the New Brunswick Drug Plan.
  • Patients will only be responsible for the initial copayment on a prescription fill or refill. For example, a patient with a 90-day prescription made up of three 30-day fills will only have a copayment for the first 30-day fill.

Who’s eligible?

  • Uninsured residents covered by the public drug plan.

When is it effective?

  • Immediately, for the duration of the emergency.

New Brunswick Low-Income Seniors’ Benefit

 

What is it?

  • A $400 annual benefit to qualifying applicants.

Who’s eligible?

  • Low-income seniors. See the criteria here.

How to apply

  • Due to COVID-19, applications must be made online, or by printing and mailing the completed application to Finance and Treasury Board, Revenue Administration Division, PO Box 1900, Fredericton NB E3B 5G4.
  • The application deadline is December 1, 2020.

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If you have any questions about these measures, please contact your MD Advisor*. 

* MD Advisor refers to an MD Management Limited Financial Consultant or Investment Advisor (in Quebec), or an MD Private Investment Counsel Portfolio Manager.

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