Federal government to launch new Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB)

The Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) replaces the previously announced Emergency Support Benefit and Emergency Care Benefit.
It is ESSENTIAL for Canadians to create a CRA “My Account” or a “My Service Canada Account” to ensure that you can apply to this benefit once it is ready to go.  (the Government of Canada, says this benefit will be ‘live’ and applications will begin in early April)

Details on the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit:

  • This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CERB will cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures.
  • CERB will apply to wage earners, contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).
  • Workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, will also qualify for the CERB. This will help businesses keep their employees as they navigate these difficult times, while ensuring they preserve the ability to quickly resume operations as soon as it becomes possible.
  • You can qualify for the CERB if you had $5,000 in employment income, self-employment income, or maternity or parental leave benefits in 2019 or in the 12-month period proceeding the day you make the application.