Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – Updated April 15, 2020
CANADA’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT (CERB)
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
- 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
- Legislation does not exclude shareholders or their family members as long as they meet the income requirements.