Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit announced by the government in response to COVID-19 on March 18, 2020 has been repackaged into a simpler Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

The CERB will provide temporary income support to employed and self-employed Canadians who have lost their income due to COVID-19. This includes employed, self-employed, wage earners, and contract workers who aren’t getting paid because they:

  • lost their job
  • are self-isolating or are quarantined
  • are sick with COVID-19 or are taking care of a loved one with COVID-19 or
  • must stay home to care for children who are at home because of school and day care closures

The CERB will provide a payment of $2,000 per month for 4 months ($500 per week for up to 16 weeks). The benefit is available from March 15, 2020 to October 3, 2020.

Note: The CERB is taxable income. You will need to report it on your next year’s (2020) tax return.