Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): This Benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to 4 months for workers who lose income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 15th, eligibility requirements were expanded to include those making $1000 or less; those working a seasonal job who may have been shut out of work; and, if you cannot find a job or return to work as you have recently exhausted EI benefits. 

Canadians would begin to receive their CERB payments within 3-5 days if registered with direct deposits (within 10 days by mail), and applications have now launched. Please consult the graphic below for the best days for you to apply to ensure that the application portal does not crash.

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

EI Sickness Benefits: The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined, so they can be paid for the first week of their claim. The requirement to provide a medical certificate will also be waived.

EI Work Sharing ProgramWe are Implementing the EI Work Sharing Program, which provides EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers, by extending the eligibility of such agreements to 76 weeks, easing eligibility requirements, and streamlining the application process.