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Canada Emergency Response Benefit

This is a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months.

To receive the benefit you must have had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of the application.

You also must have been 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, you expect to have no employment income.

People who are normally eligible for employment insurance (EI) can continue to apply through EI and Service Canada, and they will automatically be enrolled in CERB.

Seasonal workers and those who have recently run out of EI, along with people who make less than $1,000 a month due to reduced work hours, also qualify.

Who can apply: Those eligible include those workers forced to stop working because of the outbreak, those sickened by COVID-19 and those who are not being paid but still have employment.

Available: March 15 to Oct. 3. The deadline for applications is Dec. 2.

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