Canada Emergency Response Benefit - CERB

Posted by Mir Khan on Monday, April 6th, 2020 at 9:00am.

Dear Friends, present Clients' & future Clients',

The CERB was just launched today - 06th of April 2020 - an application portal for all Canadians facing unemployment due to COVID-19 crisis and I wanted to provide as much as possible information I can, initially.

The best source of information is definitely the Government of Canada site on CERB (click here to visit this site)

Service Canada and Canada Revenue Agency are jointly administering the CERB and this is a tax-able benefit.

All Canadians who apply will get the funds into their direct deposit (if already setup with CRA), and are expected to receive a first payment within three to five days. Those who use mail should receive a first payment within 10 days. Payment is $2,000 a month for up to four months.

The hours of operation are from; 6 am Eastern Time until 3 am Easter Time - 7 days a week.

To avoid over burden on the system, the government has staggered application periods over the work week based on an applicant's month of birth month. For example: if the applicant is born in January through March are asked to apply on April 6, 2020 (the first day the web portal opens). People born in April through June are to apply April 7, those born in July through September on April 8, and Canadians with birth months October through December can sign up on April 9.

Who is eligible

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and 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; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.

How to apply

  • Over the web at: click here
  • Over the phone at: 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041

The benefit is available from March 15 to Oct. 3. The deadline for applications is Dec. 2.

Once again, this is bare essential information and you can find all details at the Government of Canada site on CERB (click here to visit this site)

Remember, we are all in this together, and will get through this together, stronger than before.

Please stay safe, stay home (mostly) and follow #physical-distancing + #self-isolation -- listen to the Medical Experts and Our Government recommendations.

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Thanks for reading & viewing.

Mir Khan
Certified International Property Specialist, International Realtor Member, Professional Full-time Realtor
Mir Khan Personal Real Estate Corporation
Century 21 AAA Realty Inc.
(778) 558-4427

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