APPLY TODAY: How to Apply for CERB & When
Notice: Applicants born in January through March can apply today, April 6. The portal opens at 6 a.m. ET. Those born April through June can apply April 7, those born in July through to September on April 8 and birth months October through December can sign up on April 9.
Expect to receive payments within 3 to 5 days or within 10 days by mail.
*Applicants must not earn any money during the 16 week period while receiving the benefit. You may lose the benefit.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit
What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
If you have lost income because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide you with temporary income support.
The CERB will provide you with $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
How to apply
We will start accepting applications on April 6.
Prior to April 6, individuals who are without work and are eligible for EI can continue to apply for Employment Insurance.
Important! If you are not eligible for Employment Insurance, find out how you can get ready to ***apply for the CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency, click here.
Whether you apply online or by phone, the CRA wants to provide the best service possible to everyone. To help manage this, the CRA has set up specific days for you to apply.
Please use the following guidelines:
Day to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
The benefit will be available to workers:
-Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
-Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
-Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
-Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
-The income of at least $5,000 may be from any or a combination of the following sources: employment; self-employment; maternity and parental benefits under the Employment Insurance program and/or similar benefits paid in -Quebec under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan.
The Benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of reasons related to COVID-19. If you are looking for a job but haven’t stopped working because of COVID-19, you are not eligible for the Benefit.
Questions and answers, click here