- As of February 15, 2021, band members aged 60+ are eligible for a monthly subsidy valued at $50 (per household) to support travel for the purchase of groceries and other essential items during the pandemic. This benefit will run until the available fund has been fully allocated.
- Seniors who require a taxi to travel may request a pre-paid shuttle/taxi in lieu of the $50.00 subsidy.
- If a shuttle/taxi is required, you may contact our COVID-19 Support Team at 709-634-5163.
- Shuttle/Taxi Trips must be pre-approved and submitted as soon as possible, as this program is a first come first serve basis. Allocated funds will be disbursed until total funds are exhausted.
- Limit of one trip per month, per household.
- Member’s must apply each month to receive the vulnerable population essential travel reimbursement.
- Remember to include your Band registration (or identification)
- Ensure you have completed all sections of your reimbursement form and signed where applicable to avoid your claim being returned to you for further revision and subsequent delay.
For a printable copy of this form, please click here: Vulnerable Population Essential Transportation Form (Updated: 23-02-2021)
Qalipu First Nation Band members, who were essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and incurred childcare costs, are eligible to apply for up to $200 in monthly benefits per child (ages 0-13). This benefit can be paid retroactively starting in April 2020 and will require a letter from the members’ employer verifying their status as an essential worker (Essential Worker Verification Form included in application), and childcare receipts. This benefit will be paid until the available support fund has been fully allocated.
If we do not have EFT information on file for you and you did not include it in your application, we will send a cheque in the mail.
We have received thousands of applications and do not have enough staff resources to search for individual applications. This means we are not able to provide verification of received applications. When you apply online, you will know your application was received by the confirmation message that reads Thank you, your message has been sent.
Since our office locations are closed, we encourage you to ask someone in your family or a friend to help fill out the form online on your behalf. Many seniors have applied for the travel benefit this way.
If you are unable to do this, you can request a form be mailed to you by calling 634-5163 and leaving a message. We will respond as quickly as resources permit.
Yes. Applications for February do not carry forward beyond this month and so on. You must apply each month.
No. The travel benefit for seniors is like a reimbursement; it goes through Accounts Payable, does not require a SIN and does not lead to the generation of a T4.
We are unsure at this time whether members will be taxed on the childcare benefit. Once we receive a response from the Canada Revenue Agency, we will post an update.
We have a limited amount of money for these benefits currently, however we are seeking additional funds. We know that the demand for these benefits is there, and now that the program has been established, we will be working with our partners in seeking additional funds to carry this program for a longer period of time.
We are working to keep things moving and aim to process payment within 6-8 weeks of receipt of your application.
No. Please submit your complete application. Partially complete applications will be rejected.
Yes, you can submit a receipt for the whole year. Please ensure that the name on the receipt matches the name of the applicant, that it shows the date(s) for which the service was provided, the name of the provider, the date of the receipt, and has an invoice number.
No, due to the high volume of applications and limited staff resources we cannot accept incomplete or incorrect applications and go looking for the other information. Incomplete applications will be rejected. You will still be able to apply again.