Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) combines the previously announced emergency care and emergency support benefits, and focuses on those who are not eligible for traditional Employment Insurance benefits.


Eligible workers must be:

  • At least 15 years old
  • A resident of Canada
  • Have earned a total of $5,000 of income for 2019 or in the 12 month period preceding the day on which they apply. Eligible sources of income include:
    • Employment
    • Self-employment
    • Maternity and parental benefits
    • Allowances, money, or other benefits paid to the person under a provincial program in respect of care for one or more of their children
  • Have ceased work due to reasons related to COVID-19 for at least 14 consecutive days within the four-week period in which they are making a claim
    • Workers who quit voluntarily are not eligible

The Benefit

Applicants will receive the following benefits within 10 days of application:

  • $2,000 monthly, to be determined by the minister, for a maximum of 16 weeks **in June 2020 these┬ábenefits were extended for an additional 8 weeks**
    • These amounts are not subject to law relating to bankruptcy or insolvency and cannot be garnished.


  • Applications may be made for any four-week period beginning March 15th, 2020 and ending on October 3rd, 2020
  • Benefits are to be administered through the Canada Revenue Agency
  • The portal is set to be available in the first week of April 2020, through MyAccount online