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A family of 5, earning less than $58,500 in 2018

Paul and Katie are a young Inuit couple living in Iqaluit with their three young children.

Katie was laid off from her job as a cook due to COVID-19.

Later on, Paul was laid off by his employer in the construction industry.

What’s available to help a family of 5

A family of 3 with an income of $67,200 in 2018

Micheline and Laura are a First Nations couple living off-reserve in Quebec with their young child.

Micheline is a self-employed translator. She has noticed a decrease in client demand and has experienced some income loss as a result. Laura is a stay-at-home mom.

Micheline and Laura are recent homebuyers. They’re concerned with how they will manage their CMHC-insured mortgage and monthly bills.

They’re also worried about Laura’s elderly parents, who live alone on-reserve, and whose community has restricted entry and exit due to concerns over COVID-19.

What’s available to help a family of 3

Single parent, with an income of $30,000 in 2018

Violet works at a store on a reserve.

After the announcement that her 4-year-old son’s daycare was closed, Violet has had to take unpaid leave from her work to care for him. Violet is not EI-eligible.

What’s available to help a single parent

A young grad, with student debt

Michael, who is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), and a recent grad, currently works full-time as a plumber in Edmonton, Alberta. He has been paying off his student debt monthly and recently returned from a trip abroad.

Based on the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer, Michael was in isolation and unfortunately later tested positive for COVID-19.

What’s available to help a young grad with student debt

A retired First Nations couple living on reserve with a combined net income of $55,000

John and Molly are a retired First Nations couple who live on reserve in BC. They have been living off of John’s pension, a modest retirement savings fund and are both also receiving the Old Age Security (OAS) pension. They also have some investment income. John worked his entire career off reserve and their investments were made off reserve.

As a result of recent market events, they have seen a significant reduction in the market value of their retirement savings portfolio. As a result, they are worried this will have an impact on their future retirement security.

What’s available to help a retired First Nations couple

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