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Retaining Essential Workers

Revenu Québec Invites Workers to Take the First Step in Applying for Assistance Under the Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW)

Québec, April 21, 2020. – Revenu Québec invites individuals working essential jobs to take the first step in applying for assistance under the Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) by registering for My Account. By registering now, we hope to avoid overloading our client services when the IPREW application period officially opens on May 19.

Assistance under the IPREW pays $100 per week to workers in designated essential service sectors who have an annual income ranging from $5,000 to $28,600. Over 600,000 full- and part-time workers could benefit from this program.

Beginning on May 19, eligible workers will be able to register for the program. However, they must first be registered for My Account. To register, individuals must provide the following information:

  • social insurance number;
  • date of birth;
  • number of one of their two most recent notices of assessment from the last five years.

Some individuals who cannot provide a notice of assessment number will still be able to register for My Account by getting a temporary access code by text or automated call.

To avoid an overload of calls to client services when the IPREW application period opens on May 19, Revenu Québec invites eligible workers to register for My Account and ensure that their direct deposit banking information is up to date right away. Doing this now will make the application process easier later.

Eligible workers will receive their payments quickly. A first payment of up to $1,000 will be made on May 27. Individuals not registered for direct deposit will receive a single lump-sum payment by cheque once the program period ends in July.

This financial assistance is retroactive to March 15 and provides up to $100 per week for 16 weeks. That means that a worker could receive up to $1,600 in addition to their normal wages.

To be eligible for the program, an individual must:

  • work part-time or full-time in one of the essential service sectors during the program period;
  • receive gross income of $550 or less per week;
  • have an annual employment income of at least $5,000 for 2020;
  • have a total annual income of no more than $28,600 for 2020;
  • be at least 15 years old when applying for assistance under the IPREW; and
  • have been resident in Québec on December 31, 2019, and plan to reside in Québec throughout 2020.

To receive assistance for a given week covered by the program, an individual must not have received amounts under the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the temporary aid for workers program for that same week. Note that an individual can still be eligible for the program even if their employer receives assistance through the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

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