What are the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

The CERB is available to provide support to those who are unable to work due to COVID-19. Workers should be seeking work opportunities and/or return to work when their employer makes a request for their return, provided they are able and it is reasonable to do so. You are encouraged to consult Job Bank, Canada’s national employment service that offers tools to help with your job search.

To be eligible to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from Service Canada you must meet the following criteria:

You are also eligible to receive the CERB from Service Canada if you have been paid Employment Insurance regular or fishing benefits for at least a week since December 29, 2019 and if you meet the following criteria:

You can apply if you meet these eligibility criteria.

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