Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Announced March 25, 2020, the CERB is a simpler and more accessible combination of the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit. It is more universal and is an improvement to the EI system and the older emergency relief programs.
This taxable benefit provides $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB.
This benefit will not be available until April and will take at least 10 days to pay out benefits.