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Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

As you may know, the Federal Government has introduced legislation to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The legislation provides for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – a taxable benefit that would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who have lost their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is an important program that we have been advocating for, that will ensure performers can access critical benefits over the next four months. You may begin applying for the CERB as early as next week.

To streamline applications for the new benefit, the federal government has set up specific days for people to apply based on their month of birth. You can apply for the CERB through the CRA.

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers – Applications Open May 1, 2020

The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.  Eligibility criteria:

  • B.C. residents who receive the new federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are eligible, including people who have run out of employment insurance (EI) benefits and now qualify for the CERB
  • People will need to state that they have filed or will file a 2019 B.C. income tax return to complete the application for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers

For more details click here.

If you have any questions about CERB please email

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