COVID-19 Updates

Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Government of Canada has released further details regarding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and has launched a new website with further details about this benefit.

The CERB will be available beginning April 6, 2020. It will be administered jointly through Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). If you have already applied for Employment Insurance, you do not need to re-apply.

If you’re not normally eligible for Employment Insurance and if you haven’t done so already, you can get ready to apply online by setting up your CRA ‘My Account’ now, and signing up for direct deposit to get your benefit more quickly.

To be eligible to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) from Service Canada, the following must apply:

  • You must reside in Canada
  • You are 15 years of age or older at the time of application
  • You have stopped or will stop working for reasons related to COVID-19, or because you are unable to work due to illness, or because you lost your employment for other reasons beyond your control; and
    • If you are submitting for your first benefit period, that you have stopped or will stop working for at least 14 consecutive days within the 4 week benefit period; or
    • If you are filing for a subsequent benefit period, you did not receive any employment or self employment income for the period for which you previously claimed the benefit and do not expect to receive any employment or self employment income in the 4 week benefit period
  • You have not quit your job voluntarily
  • You are not receiving nor have you applied for the CERB from the Canada Revenue Agency nor are you receiving Employment Insurance benefits for the same benefit period
  • You have earned a minimum of $5,000 in income within the last 12 months or in the 2019 calendar year from one or more of the following sources:
    • Employment income
    • Self-employment income

The application process will begin on April 6th but you will be able to apply based on your birth month.
April 6: If you were born in January, February or March
April 7: If you were born in April, May or June
April 8: If you were born in July, August or September
April 9: If you were born in October, November or December.

All applicants will be able to apply for the benefit retroactively to March 15, 2020.

Further information is available at

Canada COVID-19 App

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy UPDATED

If you have employees and your businesses’ revenue has decreased by at least 30% because of COVID-19 you are eligible for this subsidy. The number of employees you have will not determine your eligibility.

If you are an employee for a company impacted by COVID-19, the government will cover up to 75% of your salary on the first $58,700 you make. This subsidy is retroactive to March 15, 2020 and will cover up to $847 per week.

Read more about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

Text Scam Re: Canada Emergency Response Benefit

In light of the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit announced yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has warned of a text message scam going around aimed at exploiting people who are looking to apply for the new emergency aid benefit.

The text reads: “Alert: The emergency response benefit of Canada relief fund has sent you a deposit,” and then asks the receiver to click a link to claim their money. This is not from the federal government.

The Prime Minister reminds Canadians to rely on information provided on the official government of Canada website.