As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, our Government recently introduced the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help Canadians through this challenging time. The CERB has been implemented to support Canadians who have lost their employment or self-employment income because of COVID-19.
The CERB is available to workers who meet all of the following conditions:
- 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.
Announced on April 15th, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to help more Canadians benefit from the CERB as follows:
- Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
- Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.
We are also working with provinces and territories to help provide a temporary top-up to the salaries of workers deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19, that make less than $2,500 a month.
The top-up is in recognition that these essential workers’ salaries are often less or similar than what they would receive from the CERB.
For more information including who qualifies and how to apply visit Canada.ca/coronavirus-cerb
We will continue to look for ways to better help all Canadians during this difficult time.