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Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Information

General Information & How to Apply for the CERB

April 3.2020


How to apply

Service Canada 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.

Day to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit:

Your birth month drives your application date: 

January, February or March : Mondays beginning April 6

April, May, or June:  Tuesdays beginning April 7

July, August, or September: Wednesdays beginning April 8

October, November, or December: Thursdays beginning April 9

Any month:  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning April 10

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:


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 and have not voluntarily quit their job;
  • 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 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. 

FAQ from the weblink above: 

When and how will I receive my Canada Emergency Response Benefit payment? Is there a waiting period?Benefits will start within 10 days of you submitting an application. There is no waiting period.Payments will be made through direct deposit or by cheque. You will be paid more quickly if you choose direct deposit.  Your payments will be retroactive to your eligibility date.


If I am already receiving Employment Insurance regular benefits, should I reapply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

No. If you are already receiving Employment Insurance regular benefits, you will continue to receive these benefits until the end of your benefit period.If you were eligible to Employment Insurance benefits that started before March 15, 2020, and these benefits end before October 3, 2020, you may then apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you meet the eligibility requirements, including that you have stopped work because of reasons related to COVID-19.You cannot be paid Employment Insurance benefits and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for the same period.

I have applied for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits, but my claim hasn’t been processed yet, do I need to reapply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

No.If you became eligible for Employment Insurance prior to March 15th, your claim will be processed under the pre-existing Employment Insurance rules.If you became eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits on March 15th or onward, your claim will be automatically processed through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.Service Canada is processing all of these claims as quickly as possible.

News Release: April 1.2020

As part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, the Government recently introduced the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit . This benefit will help Canadian workers impacted by COVID-19 put food on the table and keep a roof over their head.  The CERB will support Canadians who have lost their income because of COVID-19 by providing $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.
Some examples of support to workers provided by the CERB include:

  • workers, including those who are self-employed, who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support;
  • workers who lost their employment, as well as workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19;
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures; and
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.

All eligible workers, whether or not they are eligible for Employment Insurance, will apply through a simplified application process. Applications will be accepted starting April 6, 2020. There is no waiting period and direct deposit payments will be delivered into accounts within three business days of applicants being eligible to receive it, and cheques within 10 days.