2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving.  The NSTU will provide information and advice to members as it becomes available. NSTU members who have concerns about COVID-19 should visit this page regularly for updates.

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Information for Substitute Teachers

  • On March 18, 2020, the Federal government announced a number of supports for Canadians that may be of interest to substitute teachers:
    • Individuals in imposed quarantine that claim Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits will have the 1-week waiting period waived (effective March 15, 2020).
    • Waiving of the requirement for a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.
    • A new Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
      • This benefit replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.
      • Provides a taxable benefit of $2000 per month for up to 4 months for workers:
        • who reside in Canada and are at least 15 years old;
        • who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits;
        • who had income of at least $5000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and 
        • who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four week period.  For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
        • The income of $5000 may be from any or a combination of the following sources:
          • employment;
          • self-employment;
          • maternity/parental benefits under the Employment Insurance program.
        • This benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of reasons related to COVID-19.  If you are looking for a job but haven't stopped working because of COVID-19, you are not eligible for this benefit.
      • Applications will begin to be accepted on Monday, April 6, 2020.  To manage the volume of applications anticipated, applications will be accepted on different days of the week based on the applicant's birth month:
        • Birth Month of January, February, or March, apply for CERB on Mondays with the best day to apply being April 6 
        • Birth Month of April, May, or June, apply for CERB on Tuesdays with the best day to apply being April 7
        • Birth Month of July, August, or September, apply for CERB on Wednesdays with the best day to apply being April 8
        • Birth Month of October, November, or December, apply for CERB on Thursdays with the best day to apply being April 9
        • Anyone can apply on Friday, Saturdays, or Sundays
  • Employment and Social Development Canada - EI Coronavirus Information
    • Substitute teachers should contact Service Canada directly (1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)) if they have questions regarding EI eligibility
    • Long term substitute teachers (teachers who had reached 18 days consecutive service prior to the school closure) will continue to be paid during the closure.
  • Substitute teachers who require a Record of Employment (ROE) should contact the RCE/School Board(s) for which they substituted to request the ROE.  Please keep in mind, regional staff will be receiving many requests so there may be a wait time.
    • *UPDATE - March 19, 2020* - The NSTU has been advised that education entities are working to ensure that Records of Employment (ROEs) are processed for those requiring them (including substitute teachers) who have worked during the 2019/20 school year and who will not be receiving income from their education entity during the closure period.   For substitute teachers who last worked between September 1 to March 6, 2020, ROE’s will be issued after the March 19th pay date.   For substitute teachers who worked the week of March 9 - 13, 2020, ROEs will be processed after the April 2nd pay is processed.  Employees do not need to contact their entities payroll departments to have a ROE issued.  We understand that education entities will be posting additional information specific to their entity.

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