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Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) application now open

The CERB application portal opened today and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can begin to apply for the benefit according to their birth month.

Prime Minister Trudeau has also signaled that workers with partial earnings will soon be able to qualify for the CERB. These workers will include:

  • Workers whose hours have been reduced to 10 hours or less due to COVID-19 (e.g. gig workers, contract workers, volunteer firefighters)
  • Those who are currently working but who are making less than they would if they were receiving the CERB (e.g. home care workers and long-term care workers looking after vulnerable seniors)
  • Full-time students who are currently unable to qualify for the CERB


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