Have you received money from the government as part of the new benefit to help Canadians? If you have, you're one of the many! The Prime Minister announced just how many claims have been processed already and it's a lot. CERB payments are at more than 7.5 million so far and it cost billions of dollars.\nDuring his daily press conference on April 17, Justin Trudeau told Canadians a little bit more information about what is going on with the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit.\nIn the less than two weeks since the application portal was first launched, Trudeau said that more than 7.5 million payments have been made.\n"That's money sent directly to those who need it most," he said.\nAccording to the government's statistic page for the benefit, the total dollar value of the paid benefits from Service Canada and Canada Revenue agency is $17.35 billion as of April 16.\nNow that's a lot of money!\nSo far, 7.9 million applications have been received for the CERB.\nThe week of April 13 alone, there were more than two million applications submitted.\n"I want again to thank our amazing public servants for processing these claims at record speeds," Trudeau noted.\nReminder! You can now apply for the 2nd period of the #CERB (April 12th to May 9th). If you haven’t applied for the first period, you can still apply. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are for everyone to apply! Find out more ➡️ https://t.co/YSWhV0X7hP #COVID19 #CdnTax pic.twitter.com/nVUbzVITqB— Canada Revenue Agency (@CanRevAgency) April 17, 2020\nAlong with the numbers, Trudeau also announced that the latest figures on the CERB will be released three times a week through the government's Open Data Portal.\nHe said that will happen so Canadians can "keep track of the work being done."\nPM @JustinTrudeau announces expanded eligibility for emergency benefits. CERB now available for: - people earning $1,000 or less a month- people expecting a seasonal job that isn’t coming- people who’ve run out of EI since January 1Read more: https://t.co/BtbF2GDDuf pic.twitter.com/p23rPqZBCa— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) April 15, 2020\nTrudeau first announced that Canadians could get $2,000 a month with this benefit on March 25.\nSince there are distinctive eligibility periods, your application doesn't automatically renew every four weeks.\nIf your situation remains the same and you still need the money, you have to reapply for the benefit.\nYou can find the eligibility periods and more information on the CERB here.\nWith the CERB, Canadians can claim up to 16 weeks, four months, of benefits from March 15 to September 26.