Canada Emergency Response Benefit

This page was last updated: May 27, 2020**Disclaimer: We strive to update the information on this page as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, many Canadians have lost their income due to COVID-19.

Below is information on the Government’s recently announced Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

If you have any questions or need assistance with filing for any of these programs, please feel free to contact my office.

 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB):

  • This new program now includes both the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support benefit.
  •  This will be a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month up to four months for:
    • live in Canada and are at least 15 years old
    • 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
  • Expanded eligibility rules include:
    • Allowing people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
    • Extending the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Extending the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.
    • Allowing artists to receive royalty payments for copyrighted works produced before March 1st while collecting the CERB
    • According to the Federal government, these expanded changes will be retroactive to March 15, 2020 and more details will be posted on the portal shortly.
  • For more information and to start an application online, please visit here: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html

 

How to apply:

  • To deliver payments to Canadians in a fast and easy way, the CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Only apply for the CERB through either Service Canada or CRA – not both
  • To begin the application process, please answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help the government direct you to the service option that best fits your situation.
  • Please read these questions and answers for more details.
  • If you would like to apply over the phone, please call 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.
  • If you are set up for direct deposit, the Government has said that you should receive CERB within 3-5 days of applying. If you receive the benefit by mail, you should receive it in 10 days.

 

  • Important Note: People already receiving EI should stay on EI and not apply for this benefit. If their EI ends before October 3, 2020, they can apply for this benefit.
  • All existing applications to EI that aren’t processed by the time CERB opens up will be automatically transferred to the CERB. Applications to EI processed before that time will result in the applicant receiving EI benefits.
  • If this benefit runs out (after 16 weeks) and a worker is still unemployed and EI eligible, they can apply for EI.

 

For more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html 

 

Conservative Action on CERB:

  • Many expectant parents who applied for EI after March 15, 2020, have not received their CERB payments, despite the government’s assurances that individuals who applied for EI after March 15 would automatically be processed through CERB.
  • In addition, individuals have reported being told that they must start taking their maternity benefits immediately, even if their child isn’t due for several months. This would reduce the amount of time available for a parent to receive their full benefit after their child is born.
  • As a result, Conservatives are calling on the government to answer the following questions:
    • When will expectant mothers who have applied for EI begin receiving the CERB payments they are entitled to?
    • Why is your government advising expectant mothers who have been laid off to use up their maternity benefits?
    • What is your government’s plan to assist parents who were on track to qualify for maternity and parental benefits but, due to COVID-19, have been unable to accumulate enough hours to qualify because they were laid off or have had their hours reduced?

 

This page was last updated: May 27, 2020**Disclaimer: We strive to update the information on this page as quickly as possible.