ECONOMIC RELIEF PROGRAMME (ERP)


If you are not working because of COVID-19, the Economic Relief Programme (ERP) is designed to provide income support for an initial period of three months. To deliver payments in a fast and easy way, applications will only be accepted online.

To apply for the ERP you must have:

  • An email account
  • Scanned copy of your ID card, drivers license or passport bio page
  • Details of your account at a financial institution
  • If your account is at RBC/RBTT you must contact your bank to get your nine (9) digit routing number
  • If you don't have an active account at a financial institution click here

If you have all of the above apply here.


  1. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – ERP

    We have compiled a list of your questions to provide you with general guidance on the Economic Relief Programme. These may be updated periodically as new questions arise.

  2. ERP Explainer Video

    Applying for the ERP is easy. This explainer video will assist you with completing the form.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO EMPLOYERS


  1. Employer Portal

    The input of employers is critical for the NIC to process applications and make payments to contributors who applied for income support under the Economic Relief Programme (ERP). We developed a simple Employer Portal specifically to allow for the submission of relevant information on employees who have been laid off or terminated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    To access the guidelines which gives a step by step walk through on how to register and use The Employer Portal Click here.
    To access the Employer Portal Click here.


COVID-19 UPDATES


  1. Banking Information to claim benefits

    If you have a benefit claim at the NIC, we will need details of your account at a financial institution in order to make payments to you. To provide details of your financial institution click here. You will receive an email confirming that your account details have been successfully submitted.

  2. COVID-19 Sickness Claim Form

    This form is to be completed, signed and stamped by the employer of an insured person who is absent from work as a result quarantine, isolation or diagnosed with COVID-19. In the case where the insured person is diagnosed with COVID-19, the employer will need to attached the relevant medical certificate from a medical practitioner or a medical officer appointed by the Chief Medical Officer and submit along with this form. Click here to download

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Recent News



The National Insurance Corporation wishes to clarify the payment structure under the Economic Relief Programme (ERP). The ERP was designed to provide income support for a period of three (3) months - April, May, June 2020 - to NIC contributors directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

The amount payable under ERP is 50% of monthly salary between $1000 and $3000. If your salary is less than $1,000 the amount payable is initially calculated at $500. If your salary is over $3,000, the amount payable is capped at $1,500. However, if you receive financial assistance or income from your employer during the month or period you are claiming for then the amount payable by the NIC will be reduced by the amount paid by your employer. Payment is calculated based on the information on our system as well as information submitted by employers along with the information provided on the application.

POSTED May 22, 2020
Category: General

In order to more efficiently execute the Economic Relief Program, it was always the intention of the National Insurance Corporation to accept applications primarily in electronic format. Recognizing there are people without access to the online platform, the NIC made provisions to accept the anticipated relatively few applications by hard copy.

 

However, the process has been compromised. We have become aware that persons are selling NIC Economic Relief forms to the public without any authorization to do so, resulting in an inordinate number of premature applications.

POSTED Apr 23, 2020
Category: General

NIC Takes Extraordinary Measures In Response to COVID-19
 
Castries, Saint Lucia, April 9th, 2020 - The past few weeks have been difficult for all of us. The Coronavirus Pandemic has put a serious strain on health care systems and economies of many countries, Saint Lucia included. 
 
Alongside the direct health risk of contracting COVID-19, many workers have been laid off or made redundant with the closure of businesses, particularly in the tourism sector. There is an expectation from our contributors that the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) will intervene and provide some economic relief beyond its normal payment of benefit claims. 

POSTED Apr 9, 2020
Category: General

In our efforts to protect our contributors, our staff, their families and the people which whom they interact, and mindful of the advisories issued by the Department of Health and Wellness, our offices no longer provide face to face service to the public until further notice.

Our staff is currently processing the benefit claims submitted and finalizing arrangements to remit payments in a manner which will eliminate possible exposure to the Covid-19 virus. To make this happen, we will require some information from you.

If you have a benefit claim at the NIC, we will need details of your bank account in order to make payments to you.

POSTED Mar 26, 2020
Category: General

In light of the threat to life and health posed by the Covid-19 virus, provision of that service must be done in a manner that ensures the protection of our employees and our contributors, their families and other persons with whom they interact.

 

To this end, the offices of the NIC will be closed to the General Public until further notice.

POSTED Mar 24, 2020
Category: General

The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is expected to put a serious strain on the economy and health care systems in Saint Lucia. Saint Lucian workers face the likelihood of working reduced hours or even layoffs as companies seek to contain financial losses resulting from the global pandemic.

 

The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) must contribute to the national effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. This can be achieved through the effective implementation of social distancing which will assist in safeguarding the health and life of our contributors and our staff, members of their family and others with whom they interact.

POSTED Mar 20, 2020
Category: General

The Board of Directors of National Insurance Corporation (NIC) is concerned that the general public may have been misinformed by certain statements in the public domain in connection with a request by the Government of Saint Lucia to NIC for a bridging finance facility.

POSTED Jul 27, 2018
Category: Announcements

Regional Internal Auditors Social Security Workshop

(Castries, October 24, 2014) – Twenty eight  internal auditors, accountants and other social security professionals from eleven countries met in Saint Lucia this week, to enhance their skills and learn more about international best practice in internal auditing.

 

The October 23 to 24, 2014 Regional Internal Auditors Social Security Workshop was hosted by the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) and was held at the Bay Gardens Hotel.

 

The NIC’s Head of Group Internal Audit, Sue-Ann Charlery-Payne says this workshop is in keeping with the need to strengthen auditing systems, as the heads of regional social security bodies identified internal auditing as a key priority area for ongoing training.
POSTED Dec 12, 2014
Category: General

The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) has been awarded for its continued support of the Toastmasters Program.

POSTED Oct 20, 2014
Category: Announcements

Emerald Development Lots The National Insurance Corporation(NIC) would like to inform the public that sale of lots at the Emerald Development has resumed. Secure your piece of the treasure here.

POSTED Feb 14, 2011
Category: General
C3 Form Reminder Employers: Please ensure that you are registered and your contributions reach the National Insurance office by the 7th of the following month.
POSTED Jan 26, 2011
Category: General

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