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Applying for CERB with CRA

Who can apply

You cannot apply for the CERB with CRA if you already applied through Service Canada

If you have completed an application for Employment Insurance (EI) or for the CERB through Service Canada and have received a payment or are waiting for a payment from Service Canada, you cannot apply for the CERB with the CRA.

If you are applying for the CERB for the first time and are not sure where to apply, answer the questions under Determine where to apply, on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit page. We will direct you to the service option that best fits your situation.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, you must meet the following conditions:

    What counts towards the $1,000 in income you can earn?

You are eligible and ready to proceed

The current eligibility period is June 7, 2020 to July 4, 2020. The next eligibility period is July 5, 2020 to August 1, 2020.

Verifying your eligibility

The CRA will be verifying that you are eligible to receive the benefit. In cases where claimants are 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 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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