To be eligible, a worker must:
- earn a wage less than $24.00 per hour at an eligible essential care facility, in the four-week period for which the worker has applied for the STWSP; and
- have total gross earnings less than $2,500, including earnings from work outside an eligible essential care facility, in the four-week period for which the worker has applied for the STWSP; and
- be employed by an eligible essential care facility including:
- Licensed public and private senior care homes;
- Licensed personal care homes;
- Community-based group homes;
- Licensed childcare facilities;
- Emergency shelters;
- Transition shelters (short stay/emergency, transition housing);
- Integrated health care facilities; and
- Home care workers providing care to seniors in their own home.
Acute care facilities such as hospitals which provide access to acute short-term care services including emergency, ambulatory care, diagnostic services, inpatient and outpatient care, critical care, and surgical care operated by the Provincial Health Authority or its affiliates as defined in The Provincial Health Authority Act, are not eligible facilities. A facility providing integrated short term and long-term health care is an eligible facility.
Assisted living facilities, other than those licensed as personal care homes, are not eligible facilities.
Eligible essential care facilities are listed alphabetically by region in the online application form (see drop-down menus under "Employer Information").
The benefit will be provided to full-time, part-time and casual workers, and includes anyone employed by the facility, such as care workers, cooks, housekeepers, janitors, administrative staff, etc., but does not include third party contract service providers working in the facilities.