Applications are now open for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), which provides financial assistance to those who lost their employment due to the pandemic. The benefit provides a payment of $500 per week for up to 16 weeks.
The benefit is available to workers who:
- Reside in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
- Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
- Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
- Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income. *NOTE* The government announced that there will be a benefit available for those who are still working up to 10 hours per week.
How to apply
- Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html and fill out the short questionnaire. You will be directed to the proper application from there.
- You can also call 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041
When to apply
- To prevent overloading online and phone systems, the government is accepting applications on the following days of the week based on your date of birth, as follows:
- Mondays: January, February March
- Tuesdays: April, May June
- Wednesdays: July, August, September
- Thursdays: October, November December
- Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: Any date of birth
Have more questions?
- Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/questions.html for more information and FAQ.
What if I am not eligible?
- Visit https://www.quebec.ca/en/government-assistance-programs-covid19/ to check your eligibility for other financial aid programs at the provincial level.
- Check the Government of Canada website to see if there are other federal benefits that may apply to you
- Call your MP to let them know that there are people like you who still need assistance! In Peter-McGill, our Federal MP is Marc Miller.