COVID-19: The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Question: How do I apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?

Under what circumstances can I apply?

  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit is available to those who stop working for reasons related to COVID-19, for example:
  • You have lost your job;
  • You are in quarantine or sick due to COVID-19;
  • You are taking care of others because they are in quarantine or sick due to COVID-19; and/or
  • You are taking care of children or other dependents because their care facility is closed due to COVID-19.
  • There may be other reasons related to COVID-19 beyond these examples why you may have stopped working. However, you cannot voluntarily quit your job.
  • Alternatively, you can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if:
  • You are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits; or
  • You are a former Employment Insurance claimant who used up your entitlement to your Employment Insurance regular or fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020.
  • To get the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, you may not earn more than $1,000 for a period of at least 14 consecutive days within the initial four week period of your claim or $1000 in total for each subsequent claim.
  • If you have more questions about CERB, The Government of Canada will outline further details about this program, announce them and update their website. Visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html