Expanding Eligibility for CERB and Support for Essential Workers

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

On April 15, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the eligibility for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit will be expanding. In his morning address to the nation, Justin Trudeau announced that in order to help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to:

  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

To help essential workers’ salaries, who often make less or similar than what they would receive from the CERB, “the government will work with provinces and territories through a new transfer to cost-share a temporary top-up to the salaries of workers deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19, who make less than $2,500 a month.”

For more information, please visit https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/15/prime-minister-announces-expanded-access-canada-emergency-response