What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

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

How to apply

CRA will start accepting applications on April 6, 2020. 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. To help manage the high volume of CERB application, the CRA has set up specific days for everyone to apply based on your birth month.

Please use the following guidelines: To learn how to register your CRA Account or My Service Canada Account click here.

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