The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) ended on 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 September 26, 2020.
Canadians already receiving benefits through Service Canada will be transitioned to the EI program once they have received the maximum CERB benefits for which they are entitled, if they are EI eligible and continue to need income support. Canadians who are currently receiving the CERB from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) who believe they are entitled to EI will need to apply through Service Canada after September 26.
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.