Canada Emergency Response Benefit Updates

Michelle Mak Newcomer Information, Updates

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) supports Canadians by providing a payment of $2,000 for a 4 week period (equivalent to $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks for those who are eligible.

Applications for the CERB will begin the week of Monday, April 6, 2020.

There are two ways to apply:

  • Online with CRA My Account
  • Over the phone with an automated phone service

Although you can’t apply yet, you can get ready now to ensure your application will be as easy and quick as possible by creating a CRA account.

To help manage the traffic and to be able to give the best service possible, the Government of Canada has set up specific days for you to apply:

Day to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
If you were born in the month of Apply for CERB on Your best day to apply
January, February or March Mondays April 6
April, May, or June Tuesdays April 7
July, August, or September Wednesdays April 8
October, November, or December Thursdays April 9
Any month Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

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