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Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

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Continue to look for work

If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB. If you still cannot find work due to COVID-19, you can re-apply for each CESB eligibility period that you are eligible for.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may ask you to provide information later to verify that you have been looking for work during the eligibility period(s) that you have applied for, so it is important to keep track of your daily job search activities.

Registering with the Government of Canada Job Bank is an easy way for you to show that you are looking for work. Once registered, the Job Bank will notify you of current jobs available in your field and location, as well as jobs available in essential sectors. You can also use the Job Bank to find tips to help you update your resume and explore career options. By using the Job Bank, you can keep track of your job search activities in one place.

Re-apply for the CESB

To re-apply for the CESB, one of the following must still apply:

  • you are unable to work due to COVID-19
  • you are looking for, but cannot find work due to COVID-19
  • you are currently working during the COVID-19 pandemic, but your income from employment and self-employment has been $1,000 or less (before taxes) during the 4-week period you are applying for

If your situation continues, you can re-apply for another 4-week eligibility period.

Determine when to re-apply

The CRA will verify that you are eligible to receive the CESB. If you received a CESB 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 CESB misuse through the CRA’s Leads program.

When and how to expect your payment

If you are eligible for the CESB, you can expect $1,250 for the 4-week eligibility period you applied for, or $2,000 for those who have dependants or a disability.

The fastest way to get your payment is to make sure your direct deposit is set up. Direct deposit is paid in 3 business days, otherwise you should get a cheque in about 10 business days.

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