After CERB: Transitioning to new benefits

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Transition from CERB to Employment Insurance (EI)

The Government of Canada announced changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program and new recovery benefits that will continue to support workers.

If you need financial assistance after you received the CERB

As of September 27, 2020, there are some temporary changes to the EI program to help you access EI benefits. These changes will be in effect for 1 year. Find out if you qualify:

If you received the CERB through Service Canada

After you received your last CERB payment, you must continue completing reports. In most cases, you did not need to apply for EI benefits. If you were receiving the CERB when it ended in early October 2020, we would have automatically reviewed your file and your record of employment (ROE), then started a claim for EI regular benefits if you qualified. If you did not qualify, you would have been notified by mail.

In a few cases, some workers needed to apply for EI benefits, including those who received CERB through Service Canada but stopped receiving it before the CERB ended in early October 2020.

Additionally, you needed to apply for EI after your CERB ended if:

  • you have a SIN that starts with a 9
  • you’re self-employed, or
  • you declared that you returned to work full-time on your CERB report
If you need sickness benefits instead of regular benefits

You can declare on your reports that you’re unable to work for medical reasons and you could receive up to 15 weeks of sickness benefits.

If you received the CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency

If you believe you might be eligible for EI, you can apply for EI benefits after the end of your last CERB eligibility period. Visit EI benefits and leave to determine which benefit is right for your situation and to apply online.

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New recovery benefits

You may be eligible for one of the new recovery benefits available from September 27, 2020 until October 23, 2021.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The Canada Recovery Benefit provides eligible workers with up to 54 weeks of income support for those who are not eligible for EI and are either not employed or self-employed due to COVID-19, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. The first 42 weeks are paid at $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source), and the remaining 12 weeks are paid at $300 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source). All new Canada Recovery Benefit recipients on or after July 18, 2021 will also receive a rate of $300 per week. This benefit is paid in 2-week periods.

Learn more about the Canada Recovery Benefit

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) provides $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 42 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or self-isolating or is at high risk of serious health complications because of COVID-19. This benefit is paid in one-week periods.

Learn more about the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) provides $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of 4 weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit is paid in one-week periods.

Learn more about the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

Questions and answers

Questions about the Canada Recovery Benefits

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Questions about the temporary changes to EI

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