The Bill to enact the response to COVID-19 received Royal Assent and is now law.  Given the income loss many of your members are experiencing due to COVID-19, it is important that they receive information on what benefits are available to support them during this difficult time.
Among many supports for Canadians, the new Act provides new benefits for workers, now referred to as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or CERB.
Specifically, these are the parameters of the new benefit:
Will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:
  • workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.