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Canada Emergency Response Benefit

This is the fourth article in a series of employment related articles by Mirowski Law that will cover work related issues during the pandemic. This is an informational article and not legal advice.


Do I qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)?


The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides more Canadians with access to benefits versus the fairly narrow employment insurance scheme. Most importantly, it allows persons in the self-employment category to receive support. Generally, in order to qualify you must have:


  • Made $5000 in 2019 or the 12 months immediately preceding the date you apply for the benefit from employment or self-employment;

  • Received benefits under Employment Insurance schemes for pregnancy and parental leaves;

  • Received benefits under a provincial plan for pregnancy, adoption or care of a new born child.


OK it looks like I Qualify but am I Eligible in my Current Employment Situation?


These are additional criteria that establish whether or not your application will be approved. You must:

  • Have ceased working for at least 14 days within the four-week period during which you will receive a CERB payment for reasons relating to COVID-19;

  • AND you are not receiving income from employment or self-employment; benefits from a provincial plan for pregnancy or adoption and any other income identified by the government; and

  • You have not voluntarily quit your job


How Long Will the Benefits Last?


A worker may apply for an income support payment for any four-week period falling within the period beginning on March 15, 2020 and ending on October 3, 2020.

The benefits may last for up to 16 weeks in total.


What if I receive both CERB Benefits and Employment Income?


The government has the right to request repayment of any over payment and that over payment shall be repaid immediately.


What is the Deadline to Apply?


Currently, the deadline to apply is December 2, 2020.


What do I need to Apply?


The online application will be available on April 6, 2020. You can apply through your Service Canada account, CRA online account or if you do not have a Service Canada account, there will be a toll-free phone number made available. Do not respond any texts, phone calls or other fraudulent schemes that are currently circulating.


What if my regular EI Benefits Expire?


You can transition to the CERB benefit scheme after the expiration of your regular employment insurance benefits if you meet the criteria above.


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