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What supports are available once I have reached the maximum 28 weeks of CERB?

11, 09-2020

The final payment of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is set for September 26, 2020. Workers who either stopped working due to COVID-19, are eligible for EI, or have exhausted their EI between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020 can apply. Individuals eligible for CERB can receive the benefit for up to 28 weeks. December 2, 2020 is the last date to apply for payments retroactive March 15, 2020 to October 3, 2020. 

On Sept. 27, almost all CERB claimants who qualify for EI and are still unable to work will be transitioned onto that program as their avenue for support once their 28 weeks of CERB run out. For most workers, this transition will be automatic however there will be a few cases in which applications will need to be filed, and those people are being contacted by the government.

The government has also introduced enhanced measures to help Canadians access EI. Workers must have 120 insurable hours to qualify. Those eligible will receive a minimum benefit rate of $400 per week for at least 26 weeks.

To learn more about the EI transition and enhancements, see Government of Canada.