Update: Canada Emergency Response Benefit 

This morning, the Prime Minister announced expanded eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The Government of Canada will be changing the 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.

The PM also hinted that more measures would be introduced soon to provide rent relief to commercial tenants as well as support for post-secondary students. Stay tuned for more details.

The federal government is also working with the provinces and territories to provide a temporary top-up of wages for essential workers who are making under $2,500 a month (for example, some employees of long-term care facilities). Details as to the application and delivery of this measure are expected to be released shortly following further discussion with provinces and territories.