Income Support

Last Updated: April 30, 2020

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

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

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

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.

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.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

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

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

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.

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.

Provincial

The Provincial government has conducted an overview of the Employment Standards Amendment Act which provides job-protected leave to employees in isolation or quarantine Opens in new window due to COVID-19, or those who need to be away from work to care for children because of school or daycare closures or to care for other relatives.

More Information

If you do not expect to receive more than $1,000 (before taxes) from employment and self-employment income, you are eligible to receive CERB benefits. You can apply here

 

Wage Subsidy for Employers

Ask your employer if they have looked at the temporary federal Wage Subsidy program. 

  • Eligible for businesses whose revenues have decreased by at least 30 per cent – regardless of sector or number of employees.
  • For workers, the subsidy will cover up to 75 percent of salary for the first part of $58,700, providing workers with up to $800 per week. 

Minsters Morneau and Ng will follow up with more technical details for businesses.

Federal 

Do you work in any of the following? :

  • A bank
  • Air transportation including airlines and airports
  • Telephone, cable or tv services
  • Marine shipping or ports
  • Rail or road transportation across provincial borders
  • Other federally-regulated work: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social- development/programs/employment-equity/regulated- industries/apply-labour-standards.html

If yes, you are likely covered by the federal labour code. You can find out more about your rights here:
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/labour- standards/reports.html

If you have more questions, call 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)

Provincial

If you work for another kind of employer, you should be covered by provincial or territorial rules. Check the links or call the toll-free number for Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ministry-labour-training-skills-development Phone: 1-800-531-5551

Yes! The CERB expansion announced on April 17 means that artists / creators who continue to receive royalties, or who earn income from another source ( up to $1,000) are now eligible to apply for CERB. Apply here.

 

 

Employment Insurance

Did you pay into EI, and have worked at least 700 hours in the last 52 weeks?

Employment Insurance (EI)

Please Note:

If you have already applied for EI Regular benefits but are not yet receiving benefits, you will automatically be assessed for the CERB.

Step 1: Ask your employer for a RECORD OF EMPLOYMENT (ROE). They will either give you a paper copy or send an electronic copy directly to Service Canada.

Step 2: Apply as soon as possible (even if you don’t have your ROE yet).

Apply Online

If you can’t apply online, call 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)*

*This line is overloaded right now

 

Important to know:

  • March 27: SERVICE CANADA OFFICES ARE NOW CLOSED. We are waiting to hear how the government will help people without a computer and internet.
  • You can prove your identity to the government faster online if you use online banking through your bank or credit union.
  • As of April 6, there will just be one application site for EI and CERB. you won’t have to pick between them.


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EI Sickness Benefits

Benefits are available. Here’s how to apply:

Step 1: Ask your employer for a RECORD OF EMPLOYMENT (ROE). They will either give you a paper copy or send an electronic copy directly to Service Canada.

Step 2: Apply as soon as possible (even if you don’t have your ROE yet) 

Apply Online

If you can’t apply online, call 1-833-381-2725*

*This line is overloaded right now.

 

Important to know:

  • You DO NOT need a doctor’s note for COVID-19.
  • March 27: SERVICE CANADA OFFICES ARE NOW CLOSED. We are waiting to hear how the government will help people without a computer and internet.
  • You can prove your identity to the government faster online if you use online banking through your bank or credit union.
  • As of April 6, there will just be one application site for EI sickness and CERB. you won’t have to pick between them.


More Information

EI Caregiver Benefits

Step 1: Ask your employer for a RECORD OF EMPLOYMENT (ROE). They will either give you a paper copy or send an electronic copy directly to Service Canada.

Step 2: Apply as soon as possible (even if you don’t have your ROE yet) 

Apply Online

If you can’t apply online, call 1-833-381-2725*

*This line is overloaded right now

 

Important to know:

  • March 27: SERVICE CANADA OFFICES ARE NOW CLOSED. We are waiting to hear how the government will help people without a computer and internet.
  • You can prove your identity to the government faster online if you use online banking through your bank or credit union.

 

What you could receive:

  • Between 15 and 35 weeks of payments (directly into your bank account) worth up to 55% of your usual pay or $573 per week, whichever is less.


More Information

Phone: 416-392-7903
Constituency Office: 100 Queen St W A5, Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2