A few days ago the federal government announced the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to help businesses cover their rent due to the continued financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This was good news to the many businesses struggling to stay afloat. What is this new program?
New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) Replaces CERCA Program
The New Canada Emergency Program (CERS) will replace the old Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) which ended on September 26, 2020. The biggest change between the two programs was that under the old CECRA program the commercial landlords had to apply for the program for businesses that needed rent relief. And they were under no obligation to apply, often leaving tenants in a very difficult situation.
However, under the New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Program, the government will now directly help the businesses and organizations who need relief. This means that businesses can apply to the program themselves and no longer need their landlords to apply. So what are the details of the program?
Details of Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Program (CERS)
The program so far is thin on details and even on the government’s website it says that more information will be coming soon. But from the government’s news release on October 9, 2020 and other reports, here’s what has been shared so far. The new rent subsidy will support businesses, charities and non-profits that have suffered revenue drops by subsidizing a percentage of their expenses on a sliding scale, up to a maximum of 65 per cent of eligible expenses. This will last until December 19, 2020.
In addition to the rent subsidy, there will be a top-up of 25 percent available for organizations that have been temporarily shut down by a mandatory public health order.
When Will it Start? Conclusion – CERS for Business owners
There was no indication of when businesses and organizations can apply for this new program. However, when it does finally start, applicants can apply for their subsidy to start retroactively as of September 27, 2020. Once the government announces when people can apply, we will provide an update.
The new wage subsidy program is a potential relief for businesses and organizations that are struggling to survive during these unprecedented times. Hopefully, more details will become available shortly as the situation is dire for many businesses. And with COVID-19 cases on the rise again, the financial future seems more uncertain than ever. Stay safe.
When will new COVID-19 recovery benefits start? The government announced this week that Canadians can start applying for two of the new recovery benefits as of October 5, 2020. The two new recovery benefits are the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB). The third new recovery benefit, the Canada Recovery benefit will start as of October 12, 2020. These three benefits and the new EI benefits replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefits that Canadians were receiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Will New COVID-19 Recovery Benefits Start? A Quick Summary of New Benefits
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide eligible workers with $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks for those who have stopped working and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in two-week periods.
When will the new COVID-19 recovery benefits start? Both the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) start as of October 5, 2020. The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will start as of October 12, 2020. Hopefully these new benefits will provide further help to Canadians who are struggling due to the pandemic. Only time will tell. Stay safe everyone.
I love Wilton products. They make excellent bakeware and all sorts of supplies for cooking. $5.99 for a nonstick cooling rack is a truly good deal. (If you watch the prices at Amazon, you’ll see that this cooling rack/tray can go as high as $15.00!)
If you’re in the market for new cooling racks, then this is the time to stock up on a couple. These are excellent for cooling off baked goods as soon as they get out of the oven. Items like cupcakes, cookies, and cakes all need to cool off out of the pan once they’ve been baked. The nonstick finish means items won’t stick to the rack.
Gift Alert: Items like these cookie cooling racks always make excellent gifts for a friend who loves to bake! When you’re baking big batches of cookies or muffins, it seems like you never have enough cooling racks to go around. 🙂 Ahhh…now I’m thinking of cookies and muffins.
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A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a real treat! It brightens your home, and adds a lovely splash of the outdoors into your indoor space. You don’t need a special occasion to splurge on flowers, since they are a real pick-me-up any time of year. And those beautiful blooms are especially appreciated once the garden is finished for the year – which here in Canada comes quite quickly! So, how do you make beautiful fresh cut flowers last even longer? You know that here at BargainBlog we’re about making every Canadian nickel stretch further…so here are our best tips for flowers! And look at the end of the article for our favourite tip on finding cut flowers for 50% off!
1. Spray them lightly with water
Mist them – That’s right! Simply use a spray bottle set on a fine mist setting, and spray the flowers with water morning and night. We were recently watching an old episode of Escape to the Country (Find it for free on YouTube – it is one of our favourite shows!) and a flower arranging expert said that this was his best tip! Just be sure to use a bottle that hasn’t had any chemicals in it before, or if it did, be sure to wash it out very thoroughly with hot water and dish soap. Fill with cool tap water (filtered water would be even better) and spray those blossoms and blooms every morning and night. The floral expert said it could help make your floral bouquets last up to five days longer! Wow!
2. Cut flower stems properly
I think most people who love flowers will have learned this a long time ago. But, if you’re new to buying flower bouquets, you might not know. Trimming the stems of flowers and other greenery that comes with the flowers will help it to stay fresh and beautiful a lot longer! Use a sharp pair of kitchen shears or scissors. Cut off an inch or two from the bottom of the stem, and cut at a 45 degree angle. Rather than cutting straight across (a 90 degree angle), the 45 degree angle allows exposes more surface area of the bottom of the stem. Exposed to what? The water of course! And if your flowers are able to drink in more water, they’ll simply last longer.
3. Use the flower food enclosed in the bouquet
If you bought your bunch of flowers from a florist, then it’ll often have a little packet of flower food enclosed within the folds of wrapping paper. Use it! People sometimes ask: ‘Does that flower food really work?’ Yes, it does! Simply sprinkle the packet of flower food into the water in the vase before adding your flowers.
Do you wonder what’s actually IN that flower food? Interestingly, the packets usually contain a combination of sugar, an acidic component, and bleach in a powdered form – all ingredients that will help your flowers look their best.
4. Add Fresh Water – AKA Change the water
People often forget that – just like our pets – flowers really enjoy a slurp of fresh water, rather than a stale, days-old drink! With that in mind, you can change the water your flowers are sitting in. (Also be sure to pluck off any greenery, such as leaves, that are below the water level. It can cause mold to grow!) Cool tap water or filtered water is ideal. You can change the water daily, if possible, or at least every couple of days.
5. Refrigerate your flowers
Florists use this tip constantly – that’s why their beautiful creations and luxurious bouquets are stored behind glass in a refrigerator. You can do the same at home! Granted, you’ll need a rather large fridge to pull this off. (We do not have this! haha Our fridge would be swamped if we put a bouquet of flowers in it.) If you have a monster sized fridge, then simply pop your bouquet of cut flowers in the fridge at night. It’ll keep the flowers fresh and lovely a lot longer. Then when you wake up in the morning, display them as you had them before. Voila!
We hope these fun tips have helped inspire you to keep those lovely blossoms fresh and beautiful for longer. When you spend the money on a nice bouquet of flowers, then you really do want them to last! If you have other tips on extending the life of cut flowers, please let us know.
Find Cut Flowers and Bouquets at 50% off
P.S. Bargain Finders Tip: I’ve often found stunning flowers at the supermarket marked down at 50% or more! So, if you want to treat yourself to some flowers around your home, check the floral department at your favourite grocery store. You could even ask when the flowers are reduced, and time your grocery shopping trips to match the markdowns. Yes! Floral beauty at a much cheaper cost.
Hello Canadian bargain finders, deal hunters and all around money savers! We are back for another one of our famous editions of: “How many points can I get this week?” And of course, we are talking about PC optimum points, the points card that earns you mega points at both Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart. (When there are extra bonus points to be had at Wellwise or Wellwise.ca, we also include those deals, too.)
So, let’s waste no more time, and get right on to the deals! And, as always, remember that 10,000 points equals $10 of free stuff.
PC Optimum Points at Shoppers Drug Mart this week (Sales at Shoppers)
Shoppers Drug Mart usually has the most bonus PC Optimum offers, and so we always start off there! We also break down the bonus points deals into categories, hopefully making it easier for you to find which deals you want to use this week to load up the points! Woohoo!! All offers at Shoppers Drug Mart are in effect from Saturday, October 3, 2020 to Thursday, October 8, 2020.
Shoppers Drug Mart CONTEST Starts this week – the Scan Your App Contest – Runs from October 1-31, 2020
I just have to mention this first, because I LOOOOVE a good Canadian contest! You know, that means one that we Canadians can enter, too! Shoppers is running a Scan Your App contest! You could win 1 million PC Optimum points! (Wow, I feel nearly faint at how cool that would be to win. What would YOU spend the points on!?) Okay, and I’ll try to actually write a sentence now without an exclamation point at the end of it. 😉
To enter, simply scan your Shoppers Drug Mart or PC Optimum app on your next in-store or online purchase, and you are automatically entered to win.
20x the Points Event – 20x the bonus points offer waiting on your PC Optimum App OR Shoppers Drug Mart app
Load your bonus points offer on the PC Optimum App! Open your Shoppers Drug Mart OR PC Optimum app OR
Click load offer in your weekly email OR
Text 20X to 736-898
This offer is single-use only. It may not be used multiple times. Offer also available for us at Wellwise store locations, but not online at Wellwise.ca.
Shoppers Drug MART Seniors’ Day – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020
Yay! Another awesome seniors day event at Shoppers this month. This month it will occur on Thursday, October 8, 2020. So you savvy seniors can save more that day.
Save 20% with a PC Optimum card on almost all regular priced merchandise. Time to stock up!
Health and Beauty offers
Aspirin or Aleve – Painkillers on sale for up to 25% off each AND Buy 2 get 2500 points.
Bentasil throat lozenges/cough drops – $3.49 each and get 200 points
CREST 3D Vivid whitestrips (10 pack), Oral-B vitality power toothbrush, or replacement brush heads for the Oral-B Vitality power brush. $21.99 each AND buy 2 get 10,000 points
Loreal shampoo, conditioner (385 ml size) OR Head and Shoulders hair care products – Buy 2 get 3000 points
Physician’s Formula cosmetics or skin care products. Selected types. Get 20x the points.
Quo Beauty – eye implements such as eyelash curlers and tweezers! Sale of up to 15% off and buy $25 worth and get 5000 points
Revlon beauty implements – things like eyelash curlers AND tweezers AND nail files. Buy 2 get 2500 points.
Sesame Street OR Weber Naturals multivitamins – Selected types and sizes – Buy 2 get 5000 points
St. Ives skin care products – includes lotion and their famous Apricot facial scrub, along with lots of other products – Buy 2 get 3000 points
Tampax multipack tampons (54’s), panty liners (92 to 162 in a box), or Always pads (27’s to 52’s) Get 5 x the points
Tweezerman products – Only some of the best eyebrow tweezers on planet earth! – Get 20x the points
U by Kotex – Liners (129’s) or pads (28’s to 44’s) – $6.99 and buy 2 get 2000 points
Household and Cleaning Offers
Ivory or Dawn liquid dish detergent (dish soap) – Selected sizes – Get 1500 points
Luxury Beauty, Skincare and Fragrances at Shoppers – PC points offers
Avene hydrance skin care products – Their line includes items such as Optimale rich hydrating cream, aqua gel, or Intense Rehydrating Serum. Buy 2 get 8000 points
Filorga All about Eyes skin care products. Get 10,000 points
La Roche Posay Lipikar skin care products. This line is particularly for those with extra sensitive skin because of having Eczema. Includes products like anEczema care lotion, and an Eczema care body wash that is also for sensitive skin. Fragrance free.
PC Optimum Points offers and bonuses at SUPERSTORE this Week
And now we will venture on to Real Canadian Superstore to see what offers they have in store for us this week. Mega points, hopefully! Offers at Superstore are in effect from Friday, October 2, 2020 to Thursday, October 8, 2020
Special offers at Superstore this week – MEGA Deals
For the MOST possible points, there is an awesome deal this week! If you spend $300 or more at Superstore – either in store or through PC Express grocery pick up or delivery – you will get 30,000 points. That’s like $30 of free stuff. Oh yeah!
Bonus points on BABY STUFF & Diapers
Johnson’s Baby care items – For every $10 spent, get 2500 points. This includes items like Johnson’s baby wash, baby lotion, Johnson’s baby oil, etc. On assorted varieties in sizes from 50ml-1000 ml. Good time to stock up on baby necessities and get some points!
Bonus points on FINANCIAL products (PC Financial) – PC Money Account Bank Account
Introducing the new PC Money Account by PC Financial. Sign up for this bank account, and you’ll earn 10 PC Optimum points for every dollar you spend ANYWHERE. No monthly fee.
Sign up bonus of 50,000 points – that’s like $50 of free stuff.
Does anyone bank currently with PC Financial? How do you find them? Any coments to share? This does seem like a pretty sweet way to earn some extra points, but only if you need to sign up for a bank account. They say you can find out more information by visiting them at https://pcfinancial.ca (Not an affiliate link, just handy so you can decide if this new type of bank account might be right for you and your family.)
Bonus points on GROCERIES AND FOOD
Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce (barbecue sauce) – Only $1.97 each AND get 500 bonus points
Dare Cookies and Treats – like Bear Paws, Bear Paws sandwich cookies, Wagon Wheels, and Whippets – $2.00 each and get 200 points
General Mills cereal, large family size boxes – Only $4.74 each and get 1000 points on each box
Kraft Miracle Whip sandwich dressing – 650-850 ml size jars – $2.97 and get 500 bonus points
Kraft Salad dressings – assorted types and flavours in the 475 ml bottles 500 bonus points
San Pellegrino beverages and sparkling water – For every $10 spent on San Pellegrino get 4000 point back. Wow, that’s an impressive deal! Time to stock up on their lovely sparkling drinks.
SunRype 100% pure juice – selected varieties – 900 ml size – Only $1.25 each with a limit of 4 and get 200 points
Sun Rype Good Bites healthy/all natural snacks – They’re like mini macaroons, but made with healthy ingredients like coconut and dates. I’ve tried the chocolate ones and they are SO GOOD. (Has anyone tried the coconut macaroon variety yet?) Yummers. $3.48 each with a limit of 6 bags and then the price goes to $3.98. Get 500 points on each
Bonus points on HEALTH & BEAUTY Products
Caprina Goat’s milk foam baths – different varieties, such as a lovely lavender kind – $3.98 each and get 500 points
Colgate adults or kids’ battery operated toothbrushes – The kids’ ones are in cute and popular varieties, such as Minions. (Hey, can adults use that one? It’s adorable! haha) Also, Colgate mouthwash in the 515 ml – 1 liter size bottles – $4.98 with a limit of 4. (Over limit price is $6.28). 1000 bonus points each
Colgate super premium toothpaste – such as Optic White OR Colgate manual toothbrushes (non-electric toothbrush) – $3.98 each AND get 800 bonus points
When you spend $30 on GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) products, and get 5000 points. Some of the products by GSK are: Voltaren emulgel, Advil painkillers – both the regular size and new mini-gels, or regular liqui-gels, Robax muscle relaxant caplets, Buckley’s cough and cold syrup and capsules, Emergen-C vitamin C packets, Centrum multi vitamins.
Superstore CONTEST – Scan Your App Contest – Win 1 million PC Optimum Points
Just like Shoppers, Superstore is running an awesome contest this month. And the best bit is that you just have to scan your app in order to enter! To enter: simply scan your PC Optimum app in store OR log in to your account with your next online purchase. You’re automatically entered once you scan your app! You could win 1 million points! Contest runs from October 1 to October 31, 2020. A total of 50 prizes are available to be won – 1 million points equals $1000 of free stuff.
That would be awesome! What a fun shopping trip that would be – off to spend 1 million points. I don’t know about you, but I’d load up on essentials like chocolate.
Loading up on PC Points – Conclusion
Well, it’s been another excellent week of hunting down the very best ways to earn more points at Superstore and Shoppers this week. Plus, that contest looks great! And it’s so easy – you just scan your app to enter, which means a lot of us will be entered. If you happen to win, please let us know!
Have a wonderful week, and we hope our research helped you plan out your shopping this week. Stay safe and take care everyone. 🙂
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CERB will be replaced by a new EI program and three transitional programs CRB, CRSB, and CRCB. I wrote a previous article regarding these programs, which I’ve linked to at the bottom of the page. However, there are some slight changes to the programs since the government’s throne speech on September 23, 2020. Let’s highlight some of these details below.
If you were on the Canada Emergency Response Program (CERB) when it ended September 26, 2020, you will either be transitioned to or have to apply for EI benefits if you qualify for it. For example, if you applied for CERB through Service Canada, you will automatically be set up for EI benefits if you qualify. If you applied for CERB through CRA (Canada Revenue Agency), then you will have to apply for EI benefits after September 26, 2020.
The main criteria for EI is that someone has worked at least 120 insurable hours of employment in last 52 weeks. This criteria is for both regular EI benefits and Special benefits. The rate one will receive has been increased to at least $500 per week and $300 per week for extended parental benefits for at least 26 weeks. But what options does someone have if they do not qualify for EI benefits?
Last Thursday the government tabled these three new recovery benefits in Parliament which will be debated today for ones who do not qualify for EI. These benefits are temporary as you can only apply for them up to September 25, 2021. Here’s a brief description of each below.
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) – The program is designed for those who are self employed and are not eligible for EI and still need support. The rate is $500 per week for 26 weeks. It is provided to workers who have not returned to work due to COVID-19 or seen their income drop by at least 50 percent. Those who apply for this program must be looking for work and accept work when it is reasonable to do so.
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) – The program provides $500 per week for up to two weeks for workers who are sick or who must self-isolate due to COVID-19. The government has indicated that the goal of this program is to provide paid sick leave to all Canadians. Details such as eligibility requirements have not been given as of yet.
Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB) – The program provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for those who are unable to work because they need to care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools and daycares are closed. The benefit is also available for those caring for a child or family member who is sick and/or required to quarantine.
CERB Replaced by New Benefits, When Do They Start? Conclusion
Regarding the new EI program, it starts this week as some people are already transitioned into it while others can apply right now for EI benefits. However, regarding the three new temporary recovery programs, as mentioned above – the bill (C-2) for these programs will be debated today (September 28, 2020) in Parliament. Once the debates have ended, there will be a vote and if it passes, then it will be implemented. How fast it can happen is anyone’s guess but could happen fairly rapidly. So it would be good to check for updates daily. Also, because it is being debated there could possibly be some more adjustments, so look out for that also. Hopefully, things will move fast and these programs can be accessed because many still need help during these unstable times. Stay safe everyone.
Wow, this is an awesome deal at Well.ca! (And who even knew that you could get games at Well.ca? Huh! I go there for gluten free goodies and other healthy products. But games!? Cool.) Current price is only $19.98, compared to Amazon where the exact same stacking game is $45.95 plus shipping. Wow. This is quite a deal to be had at Well.ca, so if you’re looking for a fun new game for the family try this one out. It gets 4.5 stars, and hey piling up cute little plastic cats in a pattern can only be fun. (Did you know we have a cat blog? Yes, it’s true. So, of course when I noticed a cat game I had to mention it!)
Ahhh, glasses. I happen to love wearing glasses, as I consider them a part of my identity. And hey, they help me see, which is no small benefit. There are those of us who love glasses, and those of us who just hate them. But, no matter which camp you happen to reside in – if you need to wear glasses, you want to save money on them! I believe that Clearly is the best option for great glasses in Canada, that are available at impressive prices all the time.
This promo code is only good for a couple more days, so when I saw it I wanted to pop it up and make it available to you immediately! Save mucho money on lenses at Clearly.ca until September 30, 2020 by using this code. You’ll save 40% on lens upgrades such as protective UV coating and blue light coating, which protects your eyes while on blue light-emitting devices. (Such as the phone, tablet or laptop you’re likely reading this from right now.)
Clearly.ca also has free shipping on orders over $50.
So, choose some cute new glasses, and embrace the look of them! Plus, save a bit of money while you’re at it.
It’s Monday morning! And that means we’re looking out for some of the best Amazon bargains to stock up on this week. The deals we found really run the gamut – baby items on sale, an awesome and compact Canon Pixma photo printer, and coffee. Coffee! Sweet, sustaining liquid. Yep, KCups (coffee pods) are on sale too this week. Check out the deals…
Natural air freshener for nurseries and closets
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Lavender Scented Nursery Fresheners use Arm and Hammer baking soda to naturally deodorize and freshen nursery areas. Dirty diapers, we are looking at you! And ugh, smelling you too. These little discs work well to neutralize the odours in diaper pails AND laundry hampers, and anywhere else you want a little lavender scented deodorizing power. Pack of 5 for only $5.97 P.S. NO ONE is saying you couldn’t use these little wonders in your shoe closet or clothing closet, either.
Canon Pixma Wireless photo printer – $40 off!
The Canon Pixma wireless photo printer is on for only $59.99! Easily print up photos at home. Using AirPrint, it’s super easy to print your photos right from your iPhone or iPad! (But you can use other types of phones or tablets too, no worries.) Compact size printer will fit in any small home office space – even if right now that means your kitchen table! Was $99.99 now $59.99 with FREE Shipping
Folger’s and Nescafe Coffee Pods on Sale – up to 30% off on Amazon
And, doesn’t it seem only fitting that we pop in a coffee sale right about now? Especially seeing as how it’s Monday morning and all…Great deals to be had on Folgers coffee pods (K-cups).
I want to post this one quickly, because this is an incredible deal! Pop on over to snag a box of 16 Larabar chocolate chip bars for only $12.98. (Or click on Subscribe and Save to get the box for as low as $12.33.) I usually stock up on Larabars if they’re $1 a piece, but this is an awesome deal of only $0.81 each! Yahoo! Excellent deal, and they make perfect snacks for the kids. Or, let’s be honest, any one of us in the family.
Larabars are one of my favourite snacks, because they’re naturally gluten free, and these bars contain super simple ingredients. They’re also low sodium bars, AND contain no dairy. So these are an awesome snack for all sorts of people with food allergies or intolerances. And did I mention they have chocolate chips!?!
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