On March 25, 2020 the Federal Government introduced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to support employees and businesses facing hardship due to the pandemic. The CERB would provide $2000 a month for up to four months. This taxable benefit is available to employees who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI). Applicants would begin receiving their CERB payments within 10 days of application. The CERB would be paid every four weeks and is available from March 15, 2020 until October 3, 2020.
The CERB replaces the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit which were announced on March 18, 2020.
For more information on the CERB please see the Federal Government’s announcement online: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html.