MEMBER UPDATE: April 15, 3:30PM

Prime Minister Expands Access to CERB

Today, the Federal Government announced an expansion to its Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a $2,000 taxable benefit every four weeks for up to four months. The benefit is for eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19.

The government expanded the CERB to those who need help but didn’t initially qualify for the CERB, and Canadians working in essential jobs who make less than they would if they received the benefit.

To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government changed 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.

The government will work with provinces and territories through a new transfer to cost-share for a temporary top-up to worker’s salaries deemed essential who make less than $2,500 per month.

Details as to the application and delivery of this measure will be released shortly following further work with provinces and territories.

You can review the full announcement here. Stay tuned for new transfers for essential workers soon. If you have any questions about applying to the CERB, contact member.support@onpha.org today.