Canada Emergency Response Benefit -Info for Employers

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If your employee has stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide them with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Who is eligible?

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Who are at least 15 years old and reside in Canada
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19
  • Who have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period and for subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

How to apply

The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit is made available to Canadians through Service Canada & the CRA. The CERB benefit application can be accessed at the bottom of this webpage on Service Canada's website.

Please read this page on Service Canada's website for more details & FAQ

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