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CANADA EMERGENCY RESPONSE BENEFITS (CERB) NOW OPENED
If you are still working but your hours have been reduced you are may not be eligible for these benefits.  The Government is working on expanding eligibility for the CERB to support you as well.
Hang in there! We will post as soon as we know.
We have heard from many of you today wondering about applying for EI and CERB. Hope this guide helps answer your questions:

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/questions.html

Here are just a few Q&As
Q: How do I know whether to apply for EI benefits or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?
A: If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, you should apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, whether or not you are eligible for Employment Insurance. The Benefit is available for the period from March 15, 2020 to October 3, 2020.
Starting April 6, 2020, there will be a single portal to assist you with the application process. From this portal, you will then be guided through your responses to a few simple questions to complete the application best suited to you (i.e. eligibility for Employment Insurance benefits or not).
Canadians who are eligible for Employment Insurance and who have lost their job can continue to apply for Employment Insurance.
If you became eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits on March 15, 2020 or later, your claim will be automatically processed through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Q: Where can I apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?
A: As of April 6, 2020, you can apply here.
Canadians who are eligible for Employment Insurance and who have lost their job can also continue to apply for Employment Insurance.
 

Q: I have applied for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits, but my claim hasn’t been processed yet, do I need to reapply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?
A: No.
If you became eligible for Employment Insurance prior to March 15th, your claim will be processed under the pre-existing Employment Insurance rules.
If you became eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits March 15th or onward, your claim will be automatically processed through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
Service Canada is processing all of these claims as quickly as possible.

 
MOST CANADIAN BANKS OFFER EASY SET UP FOR DIRECT DEPOSIT

To help provide better service to those affected by COVID-19, Canada Revenue Agency has partnered with many Canadian financial institutions to offer CRA direct deposit enrolment online through your financial institution’s website.

New! Sign up through more financial institutions
You can now sign up for direct deposit or change your account information through many financial institutions. This service applies to customers of:
Once you provide consent through one of these financial institutions, your CRA direct deposit information will be updated the following day. We encourage you to visit your financial institution’s website for information on how to sign up.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE BENEFITS?

The benefit will be available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits:
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application (income from outside of Canada counts); and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.


Find out all the details and answers to your questions and how to apply:
English version:
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html
French version:
https://www.canada.ca/fr/services/prestations/ae/pcusc-application.html

There are TWO WAYS TO APPLY
Make sure you follow the birth month scheduling

a) Online with CRA My Account
  1. Go to COVID-19: Canada Emergency Response Benefit in the alert banner at the top of the page
  2. Select the period you want to apply for
  3. Declare that you qualify for the benefit
  4. Confirm we have the right payment information

b) Over the phone with an automated phone service
  1. Before you call To verify your identity, you'll need:
    • your social insurance number (SIN)
    • postal code
  2. Telephone number: 1-800-959-2019 Follow instructions below before you call:
  • Select your language preference: English or French
  • Follow the prompts to enter your information, including:
  • your SIN
  • confirmation of your postal code
  • the period you are applying for
  • Declare that you qualify for the benefit
More details

English: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html
French: https://www.canada.ca/fr/agence-revenu/services/prestations/faire-demande-pcu-aupres-arc.html

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