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Applying for CERB with CRA

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Re-apply for the CERB

If your situation continues, you should apply for the CERB again for another 4-week period, up to a maximum of 4 periods (16 weeks total).

Determine when to re-apply

If you start working again

If you start working again after you get a CERB payment, and then stop working again in a later period, your re-application is treated like a first-time application.

When you re-apply for a period that does not immediately follow your previous period, you must confirm that for at least 14 days in a row, during the period you are applying for, you won't earn more than $1,000 (before taxes) from:

  • employment income
  • self-employment income
  • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave

The CRA will verify that you are eligible to receive the CERB. If you received a CERB payment that you are not eligible for, we will contact you to make arrangements to repay any amounts you may owe. Canadians can also report suspected CERB misuse through the CRA’s Leads program.

When and how to expect your payment

If you are eligible for the CERB, you can expect $2,000 ($500 per week) for a pre-set 4-week period.

The CERB is paid by direct deposit in 3 business days if you have direct deposit with the CRA. If you don’t, you should get a cheque in about 10 business days.

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