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Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

How to apply

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Set up your online account

Sign up for My Business Account

You must apply for CERS online through either:

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

Do you have a CERS number?

  • Yes
  • No

Set up direct deposit

Direct deposit payments take 3 to 8 days. A cheque takes about 14 days.

Is your direct deposit information up to date with the CRA?

  • Yes
  • No - I want to set it up
  • No - I prefer to receive my payment by cheque

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

Select a claim period

  • Open for application
    • Period 9: May 9 to June 5, 2021
    • Period 10: June 6 to July 3, 2021
    • Period 11: July 4 to July 31, 2021
    • Period 12: August 1 to August 28, 2021
    • Period 13: August 29 to September 25, 2021
    • Period 14: September 26 to October 23, 2021
  • No longer available
    • Period 1: September 27 to October 24, 2020
    • Period 2: October 25 to November 21, 2020
    • Period 3: November 22 to December 19, 2020
    • Period 4: December 20, 2020, to January 16, 2021
    • Period 5: January 17 to February 13, 2021
    • Period 6: February 14 to March 13, 2021
    • Period 7: March 14 to April 10, 2021
    • Period 8: April 11 to May 8, 2021

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

Confirm you have completed the calculations

Have you calculated the subsidy amount for your business?

  • Yes
  • No

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:

How to fill out the application form.

There are two ways to apply:

Option 1

Businesses may apply using My Business Account

Sign in to 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

Sign in to Represent a Client

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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