Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): What’s Happening?

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The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is a federal program created in response to COVID-19. The CERB is for people who either stopped working or had their income greatly reduced after March 15th, 2020 due to COVID-19. Here are the latest developments.  

The CERB was extended

The CERB was extended from 16 to 24 weeks. This means the CERB is now available six instead of four months.  If you are currently receiving the CERB, you can receive an extra two months. Two additional four-week periods of admissibility have been added.

You must remain eligible to continue receiving the CERB. You must apply online or by phone.

Attention! This doesn’t apply to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB).

Returning to work and repaying the CERB

If you returned to work and you make more than $1,000 a month, you must repay any payments made during that month’s admissibility period.

The deadline to repay is December 31, 2020.

It’s not too late to apply!

You can still retroactively apply for the CERB if you were admissible during the relevant periods.

Did you know? If you stopped receiving the CERB because you returned to work but then lost your job, you can always reapply for the CERB!