How to Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)


    UPDATED 03/26/2020please see attached the COVID-19 emergency response act. Highlights include:

    • Personal tax measures
    • Corporate tax measures
    • Other tax measures

    Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a $2,000 a month benefit for those workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Information on the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit can be viewed here.

    Please note the following “Canadians who are already receiving EI regular and sickness benefits as of today would continue to receive their benefits and should not apply to the CERB”

    Eligible Canadian workers that have lost income due to the pandemic will receive $2,000 a month for the next 4 months. The government outlined that these benefits will be available to those that don’t qualify for employment insurance.

    In order to apply for this benefit Canadian workers will need to apply via a new portal established by the government. They expect this online portal to be launched shortly. According to the government, those applying will be able to receive money within ten days of the application.

    NDP leader Jameet Singh welcomed the news, however he suggested a further $250 per child amount in addition to what was announced today.

    The website address of the new portal is yet to be announced, however when it becomes public we will outline it here in addition to more details as they become available.

    Stay tuned for more info.


    1. $2,000 a month for 4 months is nothing for a family with parents that lost their job. We need much more than this and we need mortgage changes. Household expenses will sink most canadians

    2. What’s stopping someone from applying for this and collecting EI at the same time. I think the government really needs to clamp down on those that will be trying to scam the system

    3. This will probably make some people angry, but I am none of the above. I was on EI, but it has ended. I took some classes and have been looking for work, but not yet found any. This is not an easy time to find employment. I’ve been applying for temporary work at places where the employed are staying away from. Nothing so far.
      So now people who will be out of work for a short period of time are being paid benefits, but there is no relief for those of us who have had no income for 4 months or more already.
      We seem to be a section of people who are totally being overlooked in all of this.


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