Canada Emergency Response Benefit as of March 25, 2020

Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses
March 25, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Department of Finance Canada

News release

Canada Emergency Response Benefit
This was announced Mar 25 and replaces the proposed Emergency Care & Emergency Support Benefits announced Mar 18th.

  • $2000/month taxable benefit for up to 4 months for workers who lose their income as a result of COVID19
  • Covers if lost their job, are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick
  • Covers working parents that must stay home without pay because of children who are sick, or because of school/daycare closures
  • Applies to wage earners, contract workers & self-employed individuals who wouldn't be eligible for EI
  • Applies to employed people who are not receiving income because of disruptions
  • All Canadians who have ceased working due to COVID19 whether EI eligible or not, would receive the CERB
  • Canadians receiving EI already (regular or sickness) should not apply to CERB
    • If benefits end before Oct 3, they could apply for the CERB once the EI benefits end, if they are still unable to return to work
    • Canadians who have applied for EI, but application not yet processed would not need to reapply.
  • Canadians eligible for EI would be able to access their normal EI benefits after the 16-week period covered by CERB
  • Portal to apply for this will be available in early April
  • CERB payments should be received within 10 days of application
  • Payment to be made every 4 weeks - March 15 - October 3

We are waiting for more details and clarity and will be posting them as they become available.