On March 16, 2020, Premier Francois Legault, Finance Minister Eric Girard and Labour Minister Jean Boulet announced measures to help individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
1. Programme d’aide temporaire
on March 16, 2020, Premier Francois Legault, Finance Minister Eric Girard and Labour Minister Jean Boulet announced measures to help companies and individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Quebec is creating a new program (known as the Programme d’aide temporaire) for employees who must self-isolate but are not eligible for the employment-insurance benefits from Ottawa or compensated by their employers or private insurance. These Quebecers will be eligible for up to $573 per week for 14 weeks of self-isolation, the provincial government said.
The program is aimed at people who have contracted COVID-19 or show symptoms, have been in contact with an infected person or are coming back from a foreign country.
Financial assistance will be paid by bank transfer or prepaid card. This operation will be carried out with the collaboration of the Red Cross.
Information on the details of PATT COVID-19 and the eligibility conditions can be found here.
In addition, employers are encouraged to be flexible in their employees’ work schedules, for example, to limit crowds in public transit during peak hours.
Where possible, employers are also encouraged to encourage teleworking for their employees.
2. Tax filing
On March 17, 2020, the Quebec government has announced that taxpayers will now have more time to make certain tax filings and payments due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The deadline for individual income tax returns has been extended to June 1, 2020, from April 30, 2020, and for trusts to May 1, 2020 from March 30, 2020.
The province is also extending the deadline for the final balance due-date for individual income tax liabilities related to the 2019 taxation year to July 31, 2020. This extension also applies to QPP, QPIP, HSF and RAMQ payments.
For those who must pay tax instalments, Quebec has deferred the payment of the June 15, 2020 tax instalments beyond July 31, 2020. Quebec will announce the date and terms of payment of this amount shortly, but not sooner than July 31, 2020.
In addition, the province says it will extend the balance due date for tax instalments and taxes payable to at least July 31, 2020, for individuals, individuals with business income, trusts and corporations. These changes were announced on March 17, 2020.
No measures were announced to extend indirect tax deadlines or partnership information return filing deadlines.
Quebec advised that a trust (other than a SIFT) that owed any tax balance on March 17, 2020, or a later date, can pay this balance by July 31, 2020.