As of April 6, there is just one starting application site for EI sickness and CERB. If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.
The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
This benefit applies to:
- Parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of closures.
- Those who need to take sick leave
- Those who are ill, in self-isolation or quarantine
- Those who are caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19
Workers who are still employed but are not receiving income, or workers who have lost their job and meet the following additional criteria;
- Have ceased working for at least 14 days within the four-week period during which you will receive a CERB payment for reasons relating to COVID-19;
- Individuals who are at least 15 years old
- You have not voluntarily quit your job; and
- You are not receiving income from employment or self-employment; benefits from a provincial plan for pregnancy or adoption and any other income identified by the government
- You must also have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the past 12 months (maternity, parental, or adoptions benefits count)
Learn more about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit including eligibility, and how to apply here.