Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Only apply for the CERB through either Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – not both.

You may be eligible for support via other programs as well. Answer some questions to find financial help during COVID-19.

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Who is eligible

The Benefit is available to workers:

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

Note: Federally regulated workers taking the new leave related to COVID-19 may be eligible for this benefit.

How to apply

To deliver payments to Canadians in a fast and easy way, the CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.

To begin the application process, please answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help us direct you to the service option that best fits your situation.

Please read these questions and answers for more details.

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Thinking about your main source of income in the last year - were you an employee or self-employed?

Thinking about your main source of income in the last year - were you an employee or self-employed?

  • I was self-employed

    Have you applied for EI fishing benefits that were exhausted between Dec 29, 2019 to Oct 3, 2020?

    • Yes
    • No
  • I was an employee

    Were you a full-time employee for at least four months last year? (“full-time” means someone who works 30 or more hours per week)

    • Yes
    • No

      Were you a part-time employee for at least eight months last year? (part-time means someone who works less than 30 hours per week)

      • Yes
      • No
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