COVID-19: Temporary Aid for Workers Program (TAWP)



You’re isolated at home and not receiving your salary? You may qualify for the new Temporary Aid for Workers Program (TAWP COVID-19) put in place by the Quebec government on March 16th.

Updated March 23 at 12:36pm - Other programs have been announced recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently updating this article to provide more detail about these programs. Meanwhile, you can consult our special guide to learn more about your situation.

Who can receive compensation?

You must be a worker aged 18 or over.

You must be in self-isolation for one of these three reasons:

  • You have contracted the virus, or you have symptoms.
  • You have been in contact with an infected person.
  • You have returned from abroad.


If you are in self-isolation for one of these three reasons, you can receive compensation under the Temporary Aid for Workers Program if:

  • You are not being paid by your employer.
  • You do not have private insurance.
  • You are not covered by another government program, such as the federal government’s employment insurance program (EI).

The order to self-isolate must come from the federal government, the government of Quebec, or another public body with the authority to issue such an order.


How much compensation is available?

If you’re admissible, you have the right to a lump sum payment of $1,146 for a 14-day period of self-isolation. This works out to $573 per week.

This can be extended to a maximum of 28 days depending on your state of health.

Compensation will be paid by bank transfer or by a prepaid card.

The money you receive from this program is not taxable and cannot be seized by your creditors. For example, if a judgment orders you to pay a sum of money to a creditor, they cannot seize the money you received from this program as payment of your debt.


How to receive compensation?

You can apply starting March 19, 2020. The government will publish a form that will explain the information that you will have to give in order to qualify for the program.