Canada Emergency Response Benefit to Open April 6th

Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb has said that the Government of Canada’s recently-announced Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will be open for application on April 6th.



Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be available to workers who:

  • Reside in Canada and are at least 15 years old
  • Have stopped working because of COVID-19
  • Had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019, or in the 12 months prior to their date of application; and
  • 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 income.

The benefit is also available to workers who, after March 15th, are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits. The CERB will be paid monthly in the amount of $2,000. If an individual continues to receive no employment income, they can re-apply for a payment for a subsequent 4-week period, to a maximum of 16 weeks.

The $5,000 income requirement can come from any combination of the following sources: employment, self-employment, or maternity and parental benefits under the EI program.

Once the application process opens on April 6th, Canadians can expect to receive their payments within three to five business days by direct deposit, or within ten business days by cheque.

CERB Application Process

Applications will open April 6th, 2020 at

Applicants will be asked simple questions that help direct them to one of two service options:

  • Canadians who would generally be eligible for EI benefits will be directed to apply for the CERB through Service Canada through Appliweb.
  • Canadians who are not eligible for EI benefits will be directed to apply for the CERB through the CRA’s MyAccount or CRA’s automated toll-free line at 1-800-959-2019. This is a dedicated line for CERB applications.

The benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of COVID-19-related reasons. If you have not stopped work because of COVID-19, you are not eligible for the benefit. The benefit is available from March 15, 2020 to October 3, 2020. You can apply no later than December 2, 2020. Individuals receiving the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy cannot apply for the CERB.

Applying Online

Canadians can get ready to apply for the CERB by signing up for “My Account” through the Canada Revenue Agency, or for a “My Service Canada” account. Confirm your direct deposit and mailing information is up to date with the CRA here:

New Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Details Announced

  • Businesses must show a 30% decline in revenue compared to the same month last year.
  • 75% of the first $58,700 of income and a maximum of $847 per week per employee would be provided to businesses.
  • Businesses would need to re-apply each month to receive the benefit. Employers will also need to attest that they are making a reasonable effort to pay the remaining 25% of their employees’ wages.
  • The benefit would apply to all eligible non-profits, charities and businesses including those in the hospitality sector. Crown Corporations and municipalities are ineligible for CEWS. More information is forthcoming from the federal government regarding specific eligibility for non-profits and charities.
  • If approved, eligible employers would be able to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy by applying to the Canada Revenue Agency online portal found here:
  • Those organizations that do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy may continue to qualify for the previously announced 10% wage subsidy.
  • The government promised funds would be available in approximately 6 weeks.