Canada Emergency Response Benefit

CERB - Are you eligible?

Justin Trudeau announced March 25, 2020 the introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

This taxable benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for those who lose their income because of the Coronavirus. Details on eligibility for the CERB can be found here on the Government of Canada website.


Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Are you eligible?

  • Are you at least 15 years old?
  • Are you a resident of Canada?
  • Did you earn income of $5,000.00 in 2019 tax year or the preceding 12 months before your application

Will you pass the earned income test? Did you receive any of the following?

          • Employment Income
          • Self -employment Income
          • EI benefits only if they were maternity or paternity benefits
          • Provincial benefits as they relate to pregnancy, paternity or adoption
  • Consecutive days of leave. You have to cease work for reasons related to COVID-19 for at least 14 days.
  • Maximum benefits is 16 weeks or 4 months at this time but legislation is changing daily.
  • The benefit is $2,000.00 per month
  • These benefits are not subject to the bankruptcy act. They are not able to be garnished for bankruptcy or insolvency

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to introduce An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19 (

How do I apply? - We will update as soon as we have further information.

This page was update March 26, 2020