CERB, the federal income assistance program that has provided more than 8.5 million individuals $2,000 a month since April 6 and ended on Sept. 27. Canadians who have been receiving CERB through Service Canada and are already eligible for EI will automatically transition to EI benefits once CERB ends next month. Those who are eligible for EI but have been receiving CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency will need to apply through Service Canada.
For individuals who are not eligible for EI and are in need of temporary income support, the following three benefits will be introduced:
- The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide $400 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who are self-employed and cannot resume or return to work.
- The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit will provide $500 per week for up to two weeks for workers who are ill or must self-isolate due to COVID-19-related reasons.
- The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for those who are unable to work because they care for a child under 12 or another dependent whose school, daycare or other day program facility is shut down due to COVID-19.