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Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) with CRA

Eligibility criteria - Closed

Status: Closed

The CERB closed to retroactive applications on December 2, 2020. You can no longer apply for this benefit.

Find support after CERB

If you continue to need income support, find out if you are eligible for Employment Insurance or other Recovery benefits.

Transition to new COVID-19 benefits

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the $2,000 CERB payment, you must have met the following conditions during the period you were applying for:

    What counted towards the $1,000 in income you could have earned?

If you did not meet the above criteria, you were not eligible for the CERB. Find out if you need to repay the CERB.

If you met the above criteria, you were eligible for the CERB. You could have received $2,000 for each 4-week period that you qualified for.

Review CERB eligibility period dates in a calendar

  • Period 1 - March 15 to April 11 2020
  • Period 2 - April 12 to May 9, 2020
  • Period 3 - May 10 to June 6, 2020
  • Period 4 - June 7 to July 4, 2020
  • Period 5 - July 5 to August 1, 2020
  • Period 6 - August 2 to August 29, 2020
  • Period 7 - August 30 to September 26, 2020

Verifying your eligibility

The CRA will be verifying that you are eligible to receive the benefit. You may receive a notice from the CRA asking you to contact the CRA to validate your application. This is needed to verify your information and process your application.

In cases where claimants have received a payment and are later found to be ineligible, they will be contacted to make arrangements to repay any applicable amounts. Canadians can also report suspected CERB misuse through the CRA's Leads program.

As part of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the CRA will also be comparing employers' payroll records with information provided by CERB claimants to ensure that individuals who have returned to work and who have therefore become ineligible for the CERB repay those amounts.

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