2 Things to Do Before You Apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit- CERB

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit

To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CERB would be a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.

The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

In order to access the fund when it becomes available, you need to make sure that the following steps have been taken:

1- Sign up for My Account through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

  • This will Speed up your application process when applications open the week of April 6.

2- Sign up for direct deposit.

  • This will help get money into your account faster once your application is processed.

You can access CRA’s webpage through this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency.html