Hundreds of thousands Application for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
April. 06, 2020
Global Korean Post
As of today, the Government of Canada starts to accept the application for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
More than two million Canadians have been laid off since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement during his daily news briefing, just hours after the online application portal opened at 6 a.m. ET.
Canadians can now apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) at Canada.ca/coronavirus.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide $500 a week for up to 16 weeks to workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19.
The CERB is available from March 15, 2020, to October 3, 2020. Eligible workers can apply no later than December 2, 2020.
Canadians who have lost their income due to COVID-19 can expect their payment in 3 to 5 business days from when they apply if they are using direct deposit. That means most Canadians who are eligible will receive $2,000 before the end of next week.
Canadians looking to get more information about the CERB or, who are unable to apply online, can call the toll-free telephone line at 1-833-966-2099.
To help manage the volume of applications through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Service Canada, applicants will be asked to apply over four days depending on their month of birth. In addition, Shared Services Canada has also increased the bandwidth capacity of the network infrastructure supporting the CRA, including the My Account secure online portal.
Canadians who have already applied for EI do not need to reapply. To date, over 1.2 million of the EI applications received since March 15, 2020 have been processed through the new CERB.
by Global Korean Post with files