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Canada Emergency Response Benefit- Application Begins on April 6

April 2, 2020

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?

If you have lost income because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide you with temporary income support of $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.


Who should apply? 

You should apply if:

  • You live in Canada, and you are at least 15 years old; 
  • You have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
  • You had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 from employment or EI benefits. You may have earned this income in Canada or in a different country.
  • You are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days.


When do you apply?

Applications will be accepted beginning April 6.


How do you apply?

Telephone:  The phone line will open on April 6, 2020

1-800-959-2019   from 6:00 AM to 3:00 AM

You will need your SIN and your postal code.  

Online:  The portal will open on April 6, 2020

  • If you have a Service Canada account you can apply through this account to CRA


  • If you do not have a Service Canada account you can apply through CRA


IMPORTANT: Before you apply for this benefit online, please register for your CRA My Account and direct deposit.


For more information, please click here.


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