Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW)

The Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) seeks to offset the difference between the wages of essential workers and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Eligible workers can apply online for the assistance starting from May 19, 2020.

To obtain additional information on the program and the application process, consult the page devoted to the program on the Revenu Québec website. This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Frequently asked questions concerning the program are also available in the FAQ for Individuals section on the Revenu Québec website This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Financial assistance

On March 25, the federal government announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which provides $2 000 per month for workers who are the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Canadians who are unable to work because of COVID-19 are entitled to the benefit whether or not they are eligible for employment insurance, in particular those who have lost income because:

  • of COVID-19, including those who still have a job but are no longer receiving income because of COVID-19-related work interruptions;
  • they are sick or in quarantine;   
  • they must stay home to take care of a child or someone suffering from the virus.    

To apply for the CERB, you must register on the federal government website. This hyperlink will open in a new window. 

While you await a response from either of the federal programs, it is possible to apply for last-resort financial assistance.

Filing income tax returns