Are you experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness? Do you need help accessing EI, OW or other financial support? Contact our Community Navigator Josh Smith.
Computers and Printing
Computer appointments will be unavailable during the Province-wide Lockdown, beginning December 26, 2020 through January 23, 2020. Wifi remains on at all 15 locations, and can be accessed from most of the library parking lots.
If you need documents printed, we are offering a limited printing service. Make a request and upload your document using our online form, prints can then be picked up during curbside pickup hours at your requested location.
Federal Covid-19 Benefits and Services
The federal government is offering a number of benefits to help Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Full details on each of the programs can be found on the Government of Canada website.
These benefits include:
- Canada Recovery Benefit (Income support if you are self-employed or are not eligible for Employment Insurance)
- Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (Income support if you must stop work to care for dependents due to closures, high risk and caregiver availability)
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (Up to two weeks of support if you are sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19.)
As well as Employment Insurance (EI) for those who have lost their job through no fault of their own.
EI Application Assistance
Employment Resource Centres (ERCs) are currently closed.
In the past, many Middlesex County residents visited the Library's ERCs for assistance completing applications for government benefits. Since we are not able to that assistance in person at this time, we have developed these videos to guide you through the application process.
The first video will show you step-by-step the application for EI Regular Benefits. The second video covers the Farming Questionnaire portion of that same application (only applicable if you declare income from farming on your annual income tax return).
There are other types of benefits available through Service Canada, including Sickness Benefits, Maternity/Parental Benefits, Caregiver Benefits and more. These applications are similar to the application featured in the video but will not be the same. Please ensure you have selected the correct benefit application by reviewing the information on the Service Canada website.
Service Canada Outreach Services at the Strathroy Library are suspended indefinitely.
In response to COVID-19, Service Canada has launched a number of new virtual e-services to continue to provide support to individuals who need assistance to access benefits and services from their home.
The Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) is essential for accessing government services and benefits. Through the eSIN portal, individuals can submit a SIN application entirely online within a secure and protected environment.
Additionally, the eServiceCanada portal allows individuals requiring assistance from Service Canada to submit an online request and receive a callback from a Service Canada officer within two business days.
Community Employment Choices
Community Employment Choices supports businesses and job seekers in meeting the labour market needs of Middlesex County with: job training information, career planning, job search support, job placement opportunities and incentives, as well as referrals to community resources.
Visit the Community Employment Choices website for more information about the services they offer.
These YouTube videos provide an overview of online Job Boards that feature job postings for the Middlesex-London area.
The LearningHUB is a free online skills upgrading program for adults in Ontario. The program can help you improve your reading, writing, math, computer and other essential skills.
To learn more about the program and the eligibility criteria, please visit their website.
Legal Health Check-Up is an online questionnaire for anyone looking to access legal assistance. Many people do not know that some of their everyday problems can be helped by getting legal assistance. This questionnaire can help you determine your "legal health" and get advice or assistance from legal professionals. Legal Health Check-up was created by Halton Community Legal Services and serves communities across Ontario.
Residents of Middlesex County:
When you complete your survey, it is sent to Neighbourhood Legal Services London & Middlesex (NLSLM). NLSLM will then contact you to provide legal advice, representation, or a referral.