Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. The CERB is a taxable benefit of $2,000 over a four-week period for eligible workers who have stopped working, or whose work hours have been reduced due to COVID-19.
The benefit, which was previously available from March 15, 2020 to August of this year, will now be extended to October 3, 2020. You can apply no later than December 2, 2020 for payments retroactive to within that period.
“Over the next few weeks, the government will monitor international best practices, the economy, and the progression of the virus and, if needed, make necessary changes to the program so more people can have the support they need,” Trudeau said. “We will also look at ways to ensure all our supports, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Employment Insurance (EI), are working effectively to help Canadians get back on their feet. We know that many Canadians across the country are still facing a really tough time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to take action to better support them. By extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canadians will be able to continue to buy groceries and pay their bills as we work together to safely and effectively restart the economy,” he added.