On April 15th the Federal Government provided proposed changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) eligibility criteria.

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The revised CERB is as follows: 

A taxable benefit of $2,000 will be provided to eligible recipients every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19.

The CERB is available to workers who meet all of the following conditions:

  • live in Canada and are at least 15 years old
  • stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits
  • have not voluntarily quit their job
  • had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application.

On April 15, we announced changes to 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 regular seasonal work because of COVID-19.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job because of COVID-19.
  • This will be retroactive to March 15th, 2020

Please note no guidance has been provided on how this will relate to an eligible employer’s ability to claim the wage subsidy in respect to part-time employees who are also receiving the CERB. As the legislation currently reads, employers will be unable to claim the CEWS on part-time wages paid to employees who are also receiving the CERB.

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