Updates to CERB Eligibility and New Student Supports
April 22, 2020
Updates to CERB Eligibility
Announced on April 15, 2020, the Federal Government expanded access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) initiative.
Now, seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits, and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, can access the CERB funding of $2,000 a month for up to four (4) months.
In addition, individuals who may be working part time or reduced hours, can earn up to $1,000 and still collect CERB. Both of these changes are retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced on April 22, 2020 that new support is coming for post-secondary students across Canada. Students and recent graduates will soon have the opportunity to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.
The benefit will see eligible post-secondary students gain access to $1,250 a month from May to August, or $1,750 a month if they are taking care of someone else or are living with a disability. College and university students currently in school, planning to start in September, or who graduated in December 2019 are eligible. Students who are currently working, but earning less than $1,000 a month will also be eligible.
The application process for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit has not yet been announced. Continue to check www.canada.ca for updates.
The Federal Government is creating 76,000 front-line pandemic jobs for students, encouraging and funding volunteer efforts and increasing funding to various student grants. Find out more here.