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Please review this information carefully to see if you will qualify for this or for Employment Insurance Benefits. If you determine you are a candidate for EI, please refer to the previous page How to Apply for EI.
Take Good Care of yourself, and your family. Remember if you feel unsafe, or unwell, please stay home
APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS OF APRIL 6.2020 :
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:
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:
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.
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