Applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?
Applications for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will open tomorrow (April 6). This may apply/be relevant to many of you. Please find outlined below an overview of the program and information as to how you can apply.
The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit was introduced by the federal government to provide urgent support to Canadians who are unable to work due to COVID-19. It provides financial support of $2000 per 4-week period (for up to 16 weeks) to individuals for may be ill or who need to take care of children or relatives. The Benefit also allows businesses who are presently unable to operate, to furlough employees until they are able to reopen.
To be eligible, one must:
- be residing in Canada, and at least 15 years old;
- have stopped working because of COVID-19 and is not eligible for regular Employment Insurance benefits;
- have had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of your application; and
- expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period.
If eligible, you are able to apply the week of April 6 either online with CRA My Account or over the phone with an automated phone service. If you intend to apply online, I would recommend creating your CRA My Account and setting up direct deposit in advance of your CERB registration.
In an effort to manage the volume of applications, the CRA has set up specific days for you to apply based on the month of your birthday. For your designated application date and for full instructions on how to apply, please visit the CERB Application Website.
Over the past few weeks, my staff and I have been hard at work answering hundreds of calls and emails from constituents who have specific questions on their eligibility for CERB and about how CERB interacts with other financial assistance programs. We will continue to be available to answer these questions and any other questions as quickly as we can, but I would also encourage those with further questions abut the CERB to consult the following CERB Information Website – which contains a comprehensive Q&A section near the bottom of the page.
As we all attempt to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19, please know that my staff and I are here through these difficult times to provide informational support. While our constituency office is presently closed to walk-ins face-to-face interactions, the offices remains very much open by phone and via intent to answer your questions and hear your concerns.