Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
How to apply
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Set up your online account
Review your mailing address and other contact information
In My Business Account, please review or update your mailing address and other contact information.
This helps us contact you quickly if we need to confirm any details for your claim.
Create a CERS (ZA) number
You must create a CERS number before you apply
Set up direct deposit
The CRA will collect applications over the coming days and, on November 30, process applications received to date.
Qualifying organizations whose claims successfully clear the CRA’s automated verification system and that are registered for direct deposit should expect to begin receiving payments starting on December 4.
Direct deposit payments take 3 to 8 days. A cheque takes about 14 days.
Before you apply for a period
You must submit a separate application for each CERS claim period you are eligible for.
Answer these questions to ensure your application process will be quick and easy:
Confirm that the claim period you are applying for is open
The claim period for September 27 to October 24, 2020 is open.
The claim period for October 25 to November 21, 2020 is open.
The claim period for November 22 to December 19, 2020 is open.
Gather the information you’ll need to calculate and apply for the subsidy
Qualifying property - what you need
For each qualifying property, you will need the:
- amounts you owe or have paid for all eligible expenses
- property address
- name and contact information of your
- mortgage holder if you have a mortgage on the property
- landlord if you rent the property
The application form will accept the property address and landlord or mortgage holder information for up to 3 properties.
If you have 3 properties or less, you must enter the full information for each property.
If you have more than 3, enter information for the 3 properties with the highest eligible expenses.
Keep the information for all properties in your records in case we ask for it at a later date.
Affiliated entities - what you need
For affiliated entities that have claimed, or will be claiming the CERS for the same claim period, you will need the:
- number of affiliated entities in the agreement
- percentage assigned to you under the agreement with your affiliated entities
- business number of each affiliated entity
- percentage assigned to each affiliated entity under the agreement
The application form will accept information for up to 10 affiliated entities.
If you have more than 10, enter information for the 10 entities with the highest assigned percentages.
Keep the complete list in your records in case we as for it at a later date.
Learn more about affiliated entities
Apply for CERS
You must submit a separate application for each claim period you are eligible for.
An application must be filed no later than 180 days after the end of the claim period.
Read the Privacy Statement
Privacy Notice for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy
When you apply for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), your information is collected under the authority of the Income Tax Act as part of the Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time the relevant personal information bank, CRA PPU 232, may not have been registered.
The information you provide will be used for the purpose of (i) administering your application, and could be used for (ii) issuing a payment to your business, (iii) verifying that your business meets the program’s eligibility requirements, and (iv) to collect any overpayments or erroneous payments that may have been issued. Failure to provide information will affect consideration for the subsidy. Providing false information may lead to penalties and other serious consequences.
Please note that to process your application we will need to access information in your tax file. Information regarding your participation in the program may be disclosed to the public in accordance with the Income Tax Act.
Under the Privacy Act, you have a right of protection, access to and correction of your personal information and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding our handling of your information.
For help understanding the application form and line numbers, refer to:
There are two ways to apply:
- Option 1
Businesses may apply using My Business Account
- Option 2
Business representatives may apply using Represent a Client
Note: Only representatives authorized at Level 2 or 3 will be able to apply
Attestation form for representatives
If you are completing the application as a representative of an eligible entity, you are required to have the owner (or person who is financially responsible) complete and sign an attestation form. Keep this signed form in case we ask you to submit it in the future.
Download: Attestation form for representatives
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