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Applying for CERB with CRA

How to apply

You need to submit a separate application for each 4-week period that you are eligible for.

Eligibility periods that are open for application:

  • March 15 to April 11
  • April 12 to May 9
  • May 10 to June 6

Next eligibility period:

  • June 7 to July 4

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Determine your eligibility periods

An eligibility period is a fixed 4-week payment period. Each period has a pre-set start and end date. This means when you apply for the CERB, you will receive a payment for a specific 4-week period.

Display eligibility periods
Understanding payment periods
Eligibility period Start and end date
1 March 15, 2020 to April 11, 2020
2 April 12, 2020 to May 9, 2020
3 May 10, 2020 to June 6, 2020
4 June 7, 2020 to July 4, 2020
5 July 5, 2020 to August 1, 2020
6 August 2, 2020 to August 29, 2020
7 August 30, 2020 to September 26, 2020

If your situation continues, you can re-apply for another 4-week period, up to a maximum of 4 periods (or 16 weeks in total).

Before you apply

To ensure your application will be as easy and quick as possible, here is how to get started:

  1. If you are applying online, you will need a CRA My Account

    Do you have a CRA My Account?

    • Yes - I have a CRA My Account

      Great. Please make sure your direct deposit and mailing information is up to date with the CRA.

    • Yes - but I forget my CRA user ID or password

      You can recover them by going to CRA My Account, selecting ‘CRA Login’, and selecting 'Forgot your user ID' or 'Forgot your password'.

      For 'Forgot your user ID' you will need:

      • Your SIN
      • Your date of birth
      • Your copy of this year's or last year's assessed individual tax return
      • Your answers to the security questions you set up during registration
    • Yes - but I'm locked out

      As there are currently fewer call agents available to assist due to COVID-19, the quickest way for you to apply for the CERB at this time would be to do so via our automated telephone service.

    • No - but I have a My Service Canada Account

      Sign in to CRA My Account with a My Service Canada Account.

      Since you have a My Service Canada Account, you do not need to register for a CRA My Account.

      After you sign in to My Service Canada Account:

      1. Look for the link to "Switch to Canada Revenue Agency" and then "I agree" on the Registration and authentication page
        • This transfers you to CRA My Account
      2. Update your address and direct deposit with CRA (CRA does not have your personal information from your My Service Canada Account)
    • No - I don’t have an account, and I have filed a tax return for either the 2018 or 2019 calendar years

      In order to apply online, you will be required to register for a CRA My Account.

    • No - I don’t have an account, and I have filed tax returns for calendar years prior to 2018

      Please call 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 to apply.

    • No - I don't have an account, and I have never filed a tax return before with the CRA

      Please call 1-800-959-8281 to apply.

  2. You can get your payment by direct deposit (in 3 business days) or by cheque (in 10 business days)

    Is your direct deposit and mailing information up to date with the CRA?

The CERB may impact your social assistance benefits

If you receive provincial or territorial Social (Income or Disability) Assistance, you may want to consult your Provincial or Territorial Social Assistance Office before applying for the CERB.

First Nations living on-reserve should contact the Band Administration Office.

Determine when to (re)apply

Select the period you are eligible for to find out when you can apply. You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time.

Select your eligibility period

  • March 15, 2020 to April 11, 2020
  • April 12, 2020 to May 9, 2020
  • May 10, 2020 to June 6, 2020
  • June 7, 2020 to July 4, 2020
  • July 5, 2020 to August 1, 2020
  • August 2, 2020 to August 29, 2020
  • August 30, 2020 to September 26, 2020
Alternative format: When to (re)apply
Eligibility periods and days to apply for the CERB
Period Start and end dates Earliest you can apply
1 March 15, 2020 to April 11, 2020 Monday April 6, 2020
2 April 12, 2020 to May 9, 2020 Monday April 13, 2020
3 May 10, 2020 to June 6, 2020 Monday May 11, 2020
4 June 7, 2020 to July 4, 2020 Monday June 8, 2020
5 July 5, 2020 to August 1, 2020 Monday July 6, 2020
6 August 2, 2020 to August 29, 2020 Monday August 3, 2020
7 August 30, 2020 to September 26, 2020 Monday August 31, 2020

Apply online or by phone

Read the Privacy Statement

When you apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), your personal information is collected under the authority of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act which is being jointly administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Your personal information will be used for the purpose of (i) administering your application, and could be used for (ii) issuing a payment to you, (iii) verifying that you meet the program's eligibility requirements, and to (iv) collect any overpayments or erroneous payments that may have been issued to you. Failure to provide information will affect your consideration for benefits.

Please note that to process your application we will need to access information in your tax file. Your information may be shared with ESDC for verification and reporting purposes.

Under the Privacy Act, you have a right of protection, access to and correction of your personal information and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding our handling of your information.

A personal information bank for this program is under development and will be available in Info Source.

Online:

Sign in to your CRA My Account
If you do not have a CRA My Account, register for one.

By phone:
Call the automated toll-free line
Before you call

To verify your identity, you'll need

  • your social insurance number (SIN)
  • postal code
Telephone number

Follow the instructions below before you call 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041

Instructions
  1. Select your language preference: English or French
  2. Press '1' to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  3. Follow the prompts to enter your information, including:
    • your SIN
    • confirmation of your postal code
    • the period you are applying for
  4. Declare that you qualify for the benefit

The CRA will issue payments by direct deposit or cheque, based on the payment method we have on file for you.

Both of these services are available 21 hours a day, 7 days a week. Both services are closed from 3:00 am to 6:00 am (Eastern time) for maintenance.

The CERB is a taxable benefit

You will need to report any payments you received on next year's income tax return. A tax slip will be made available for the 2020 tax year in CRA My Account under Tax Information Slips (T4 and more).

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