How to apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFIT (CERB)                                                                                                                                                            

The Canadian government is providing urgently needed financial support of $500 per week for up to 16 weeks to employed as well as self-employed Canadians who have been directly affected by COVID-19. It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4 week period for up to 4 such periods

  • Who is eligible
    • Over 15 years old; residing in Canada
    • Stopped working due to COVID-19 or eligible for EI Regular or Sickness Benefits
    • Had minimum income of $5,000 in 2019 or 12 prior months 
    • Without employment or self-employment income for over 14 days in the initial 4 weeks
  • How to apply
    • Online through CRA My Account
    • Call 1-800-959-2019; dedicated phone line with automated service
    • Both services open daily from Monday, Apr 06 between 6 AM to 3 AM (21 hours)
  • When to apply; Born in the month
    • January – March: Mondays starting Apr 06
    • April – June: Tuesdays starting Apr 07
    • July – September: Wednesdays starting Apr 08
    • October – December: Thursdays starting Apr 09
    • Any month: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • Payment Period
    • 4 week period beginning Mar 15, 2020
    • Reapply each month if the work situation continues
    • Maximum of 16 weeks (4 periods)
  • How is CERB paid
    • Direct deposit
    • By check in the mail
  • When to expect payment
    • Within 3 business days through direct deposit
    • Within 10 business days by check
  • My Business Account
    • Sign in Partners; most banks
    • CRA User ID/ Register
      • Tax information from last tax return filed
      • Set up a User ID and Password
      • Pick 5 Security questions
      • Update Email address update
  • More information;


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Subhash Sharma CPA, CMA, MBA

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