Originally this was going to be two separate benefits: The Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit — have been combined for simplification purposes
Benefit provides $2000 per month for the next 4 months to workers who have lost employment income because of COVID-19
Online portal opened April 6, and people can receive money within 10 days of applying by mail, or 3-5 days of applying via direct deposit
Who is a “worker” under CERB program? A worker is defined as a person who is at least 15 years of age, is a resident in Canada and who in 2019 (or in the 12 months before applying) had an income of at least $5,000 from (a) employment (b) self-employment (c) certain EI benefits
Please note that if you are a senior or pensioner, the money you receive from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Old Age Security (OAS) does not count as employment income, and you may therefore be eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
If you are struggling to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) online, please call either 1-800-959-2041 or 1-800-959-2019
CBC Creative Relief Fund: In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, CBC has launched THE CBC CREATIVE RELIEF FUND to provide immediate, urgent support to Canadian creators. The unprecedented new Fund will provide $2 million in development and production funding for a diverse range of innovative, original Canadian storytelling, including scripted comedies and dramas, unscripted entertainment, kids and young adult programming, podcasts, play adaptations and short documentaries.