Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) with CRA
Eligibility criteria - 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.
To be eligible for the $2,000 CERB payment, you must have met the following conditions during the period you were applying for:
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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