Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
This is a COVID-19 emergency aid measure set up by the federal government to help get financial relief to Canadians quickly and efficiently. It is a taxable benefit that pays $2,000 per month for up to four months (16 weeks), retroactive to March 15.
Who qualifies for CERB?
Workers who have lost their jobs or cannot work because of the COVID-19 outbreak
UPDATED: Workers whose income has fallen to $1,000 per month or less, including self-employed and gig-economy workers
Workers who are sick, quarantined, or caring for someone else who is sick
Working parents who can’t work because schools and daycares are closed
Workers who still have jobs but, due to required workplace shutdowns and layoffs, are not working right now
Independent contractors and self-employed workers who don’t usually qualify for Employment Insurance (EI)
How is CERB different from EI?
The CERB is specifically designed to fill in the gaps that surround the current EI system…