How to apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

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:

  • You 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.

It is a very easy and straightforward process. To start your application at: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html. You will need to login to your CRA account. 
 

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