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COVID-19 Canadian Government introduces the “Canad...
COVID-19 Canadian Government introduces the “Canada Emergency Response Benefit”
3/25/2020 2:35:21 PM

Canadian Government introduces the “Canada Emergency Response Benefit”  - March 25, 2020

The Government of Canada’s emergency COVID-19 support package has received royal assent around 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.  This legislation to establishes the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of COVID-19. The CERB is a simpler and more streamlined replacement of the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit announced last week.


Who will qualify for CERB?

  • “The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB. This would help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.”


When will the online portal to apply be available?

  • The online portal to apply for the CERB will be available in early April 2020.


When will I receive CERB payments?

  • Canadians will begin to receive CERB payments within 10 days of application.
  • The CERB will be paid every four weeks and will be available from March 15, 2020 until October 3, 2020.


What if I already applied to receive EI in the last couple weeks?

  • Canadians who have already applied for EI and whose applications have not been processed yet do not need to reapply.


What happens if I am already receiving regular or sickness EI benefits?

  • If Canadians are already receiving EI regular and sickness benefits as of today, they would continue to receive their benefits and should not apply to receive the CERB. If their EI benefits end before October 3, 2020, they can apply for the CERB if they are still unable to return to work due to COVID-19.
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