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Canada Emergency Response Benefit

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You reside in Canada

  • You are 15 years old or more when you apply

  • For your first CERB application:

  • You have stopped or will stop working due to reasons related to COVID-19

  • For at least 14 days in a row for the period you are applying for, you will not receive:

  • employment income

  • self-employment income

  • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave


  • For your subsequent CERB applications:

  • You continue to not work due to reasons related to COVID-19

  • For the 4 week period you are applying for, you will not receive:

  • employment income;

  • self-employment income; or

  • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave.

  • You have not quit your job voluntarily

  • You did not apply for, nor receive, CERB or EI benefits from Service Canada for the same eligibility period

  • You earned a minimum of $5,000 income in the last 12 months or in 2019 from one or more of the following sources:

  • employment income

  • self-employment income

  • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave


Eligibility periods

Eligibility periods are fixed in 4-week periods.

If your situation continues, you can re-apply for CERB for multiple 4-week periods, to a maximum of 16 weeks (4 periods).


Source: Government of Canada


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