Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – Updated April 15, 2020




The ERP is now also available for: workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work; and wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who are not eligible for conventional EI benefits.

The legislation requires the applicant to be an “eligible worker”, which means that they must be:

  • At least 15 years of age;
  • Resident in Canada;
  • Stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits
  • Have not voluntarily quit their job
  • Had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application.

On April 15,  changes announced to the eligibility rules to:

  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work because of COVID-19.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job because of COVID-19.

An online questionnaire will help them direct you to the service option that best fits your situation (i.e. eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits or not).


  • A taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Application process

  • Do not apply for the CERB if you have already applied for EI.
  • Online Application
  • You can also apply over the phone: 1‑800‑959‑2019 or 1‑800‑959‑2041

Other notes

  • Legislation does not exclude shareholders or their family members as long as they meet the income requirements.
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