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Dear Members ,
To apply for the CERB plan login to you CRA My Account . Your date of birth will apply to the day that you log on . If you have missed your date because your birth is in the first 6 months of the year you can apply on Friday , Saturday or Sunday of this week .
The process takes 5 minutes if your account with CRA has been previously set up to make payments etc.
If you are having trouble you can also apply over the phone with an automatic toll free number which you can access through your CRA my account access portal .
Hope this is helpful .
Best wishes for good Health
Stay Safe !
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The government has now recommended that everyone in Ontario practice social distancing which requires us as responsible citizens to do our part to not become vectors for the virus . ( I’m on another FB professional group and an RMT has the virus and has a client who is hospitalized and on a ventilator- she now has to contact 35 of her patients). The best course of action would be not to see clients and not treat. This is the best we can do .
It will be possible to apply for financial assistance through CRA in April if you are registered as ‘Self employed’ and are not eligible for EI.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new financial support measures for self-employed individuals and business owners financially through the COVID-19 crisis.

For those that don't qualify for EI

For individuals who don't qualify for Employment Insurance (EI), the government has announced financial supports similar to EI that can be accessed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Care Benefit will provide up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks, for individuals who would not normally qualify for EI who are sick, quarantined or forced to stay home to care for children.

The Emergency Support Benefit will provide similar financial support to individuals who lose their jobs as a result of the measures in place relating to COVID-19.

Applications for these benefits will be available in April 2020 through the Canada Revenue Agency.

Updates from Banks

Bank of Montreal, CIBC, National Bank of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, TD Bank and Scotiabank have announced that they will be working with personal and business customers to provide flexible solutions to help manage financial challenges that may arise due to COVID-19.

This includes up to a 6 month payment deferral for mortgages and opportunity for relief on other credit products. You are encouraged to to contact your bank to discuss your specific situation.

Tax Update

Income Taxes: Instead of an April 30 filing deadline for the 2020 income taxes, Canadians will have until June 1 to submit their income tax return to CRA.

Business Taxes: The new deadline will be July 31 to pay any corporate taxes or make any scheduled installment payments that would otherwise be due.

Other Support Available

The Prime Minister has also announced several other financial supports that would be applicable to many Self employed people including:

Temporarily boosting the Canada Child Benefit within the next few months
Additional funds available through the GST Tax Credit for low income Canadians
A six-month interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals currently in the process of repaying these loans.
A temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months for eligible small employers which will be the equivalent of 10% of salaries
You can read more information about Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan on the Government of Canada website
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Some of our members have opted to close their practices temporarily to protect themselves and their clients. The current information from the Ministry of Health, Health Canada and the WHO does not indicate that this is necessary at this time, if proper and frequent hygiene is practiced. If the advisories change, we will be sure to update our members.

Shiatsu Therapists are able to implement policies to not treat patients that are showing flu-like symptoms. You can also impliment a policy to not treat individuals who have been outside of Canada for the past 14 days. The Ministry of Health recommends you undertake active screening (asking questions about symptoms and travel/exposures) , which can be done over the phone before the patient arrives, and passive screening (signage) of patients for COVID-19.

Symptoms to look for:

According to Health Canada, symptoms can include:

Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath
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Dear Fellow Shiatsu Therapists ,
Due to the most recent public announcements to slow the transmission of Covid 19 in our community the Yoga Show this April has been cancelled .
If you have any questions or concerns please contact info@shiatsutherapysociety.org
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