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Financial resources


The Government of New Brunswick has launched JobMatchNB, a virtual job matching platform to connect New Brunswickers with available employment positions and provides a list of resources for job seekers and students.

Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. See the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for the full list of economic support for individuals and businesses.

Recovery benefits

If you were receiving Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), you may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits retroactive to Sept. 27, 2020 and available until Sept. 25, 2021.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB): The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide eligible workers with $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks for those who have stopped working and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in two-week periods.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB): The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB): The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.

Employment insurance

Employment Insurance provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own and are available for and able to work, but can't find a job. If you have lost your job through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for Employment Insurance. Please visit Employment Insurance benefits and leave for workers, families and sickness, as well as how to apply and submit a report.

Social Assistance Program in New Brunswick

Contact the Department of Social Development Income Assistance and Housing regional offices to learn more about individual and family supports available.

Emergency Fuel Benefit

If you are in an emergency situation and are unable to afford the cost of heating your home, you may be eligible for the Emergency Fuel Benefit. Contact your regional social development office.

Local food banks

The Food Depot site lists community foodbanks throughout New Brunswick including Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.

In Fredericton, the Greener Village will deliver a box of non-perishable food to students. Deliveries will be made within 24 hours of the initial request between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Drivers will practice social distancing by placing the box in front of the door, knock or ring the doorbell, then step away to a safe distance to ensure there is no physical interaction. If no one answers the door, the driver will take the box and return it to Greener Village. Please complete the word document form and email it to

Canadian Banks’ Relief Program

In a news release, Canada’s six largest banks have announced a coordinated relief program to ease financial pressures due to the spread of COVID-19. Bank customers will be offered “flexible solutions” to get them through economic uncertainties due to COVID-19. COVID-19 relief measures offered to personal and small business banking customers may include longer amortization periods, up to a six-month payment deferral for mortgages and credit card payments.

Financial resources now closed

  • April 9: New Brunswick Workers Emergency Income Benefit
  • April 24: GNB COVID-19 Emergency Bridging Fund for Vulnerable Post-Secondary Students
  • April 30: UNB Student Relief Fund
  • May 31: New Brunswick Residential Tenancies Act
  • June 30: Home Energy Assistance Program
  • Sept. 28: Canadian Emergency Response Benefit
  • Sept. 30: Government student loan suspensions
  • Sept. 30: Canadian Emergency Student Benefit
  • Suspended: Canada Student Service Grant