Navigating the Canada Emergency Response Benefit: Information for Workers

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The Halifax Workers Action Centre created a guide to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Federal Government announced a new fund for those affected by COVID-19 called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), created under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act (​CERB Act, contained in Bill C-13​) . In response to the pandemic, CERB will provide a taxable $2,000 per month benefit for a maximum of 16 weeks to a wide range of workers and self-employed people. Although it does not cover all workers affected by COVID-19, there are measures that you can take in some cases to maintain or gain eligibility and still access Employment Insurance (EI) afterwards if you qualify. This information sheet will provide a background to the program and provide information to help navigate access to the CERB benefit.

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