How to apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)


The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provided financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who were directly affected by COVID-19.

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What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Who is eligible:

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • You must reside in Canada and be at least 15 years old,
  • You must have a valid Social Insurance Number,
  • You must have stopped working because of COVID-19 related reasons or are eligible for Employment Insurance – regular or sickness benefits,
  • You had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of applying for CERB. This can be from employment, self-employment, maternity/paternal benefits under the EI program or a combination of those sources,
  • You expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days within the first four-week period. For the rest of the benefit periods, you expect to have no employment income,
  • If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident, you may be eligible to receive the CERB if you meet other eligibility requirements – including international students and temporary foreign workers.

What documents do I need to submit?

You do not need extensive documentation immediately to apply for the CERB. You will need to provide:
  • Your personal contact information,
  • Your Social Insurance Number,
  • You’ll need to confirm you meet the eligibility requirements.
You could be asked to provide additional documentation to verify your eligibility at a future date.

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