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How can I apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

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Updated
13, 10-2020

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.

The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 28 weeks. The Benefit is available from March 15, 2020, to September 26, 2020. You can apply no later than December 2, 2020 for payments retroactive to within that period.

Go to Questions and Answers of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for more information on qualification.

In response to COVID-19 Coronavirus, all in-person Service Canada Centres are closed until further notice. To see if you are eligible and to apply, see the Government of Canada CERB information online. You can apply through either the CRA or Service Canada.

Note: the federal government is preparing to transition as many Canadians as possible from CERB back into the Employment Insurance program in the coming weeks. Additionally, you can also look for employment opportunities through the Job Bank.

 

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