Agency feedback urgently needed for COVID-19 Relief Measures

Please take part in this very important survey, on behalf of your clients who may be having difficulty applying for Federal Emergency Funding Supports. It will help them to find the grey areas and prevent folks from falling through the cracks. Survey closes on April 17th, 2020.


Hi everyone.  Hope you had a good Easter weekend.
Please see the urgent message and survey link below from Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute.
The federal government is seeking feedback on barriers people are experiencing to accessing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canada Child Benefit, EI and other COVID-19 relief measures.  This is an important opportunity to communicate to policy makers the many barriers vulnerable people experience to accessing income benefits from your direct experience as service providers.

The Wellesley Institute is conducting a rapid analysis on the accessibility of recently announced COVID-19 income support programs and benefits including child benefit, employment assistance changes and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

We want to hear the opinion of people working in agencies on the ground about any groups or populations who have had problems hearing about the benefits, applying for the benefits or receiving the benefits.
We also want to know if there are people who fall between the cracks and are struggling because they are not covered by the new benefits.
Your responses will likely have a direct influence on imminent federal community investment decisions with respect to additional support to connect vulnerable Canadians to these benefits. Timely feedback from frontline organizations like yours on the barriers vulnerable Canadians are experiencing can help the government to make the right decision.
Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey before April 17, 8:00 pm ET to demonstrate to the federal government why this investment is needed.  Please also forward it to your networks.
Many thanks.


Franco Savoia
Vibrant Communities Calgary
48 Arbour Ridge Mews NW
Calgary, Alberta T3G 3Z3
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Email: fsavoia@shaw.ca
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