Financial support from the government is the new norm for many Canadians. Since the beginning of the pandemic, many people have been applying for provincial financial relief. As for the federal assistance, the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, also known as CERB, has recently come into effect to support workers impacted by the pandemic. According to the online information portal, you are still eligible for CERB in Alberta even if you have already received provincial funding. 

According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees, anyone who has received funding from the province of Alberta is still eligible for CERB. 

The website explains that you will not be disqualified from CERB for “simply for having non-employment income.” 

This means that you can still receive the benefits from temporary provincial income support and social assistance while qualifying for CERB. You will also still qualify if you collect workers' compensation or pension income. 

In March, Albertans could apply to get $1,146 if they were unable to work because of COVID-19. 

This payment was to be received one-time for any non-essential workers that were temporarily without work or laid off completely. 

While the application for the provincial funding program has since closed, Albertans are still eligible for nation-wide funding from CERB, even if they were one of the lucky ones to that one-time payment.

On the website, it states that CERB is for anyone who has lost their job, is sick or quarantined, or for anyone that must stay home without pay to care for a loved one because of COVID-19.

It is also for anyone who has no income due to slowed business but has not officially been laid off yet. 

In order to qualify, the income loss must be related to the pandemic and have happened on or after March 15. 

Altogether, CERB will pay out $2,000 a month for up to four months. The benefit will not be taxed right away but will have to be reported on our 2020 taxes. 

Therefore, you will be taxed on it during the next tax season. 

The end date of the program will be October 3, 2020. 

CERB can be applied for through Service Canada by applying for EI regular benefits. If you have already applied for EI, you don’t need to apply for CERB as it is automatic. 

According to the Government of Alberta, there are a number of benefits for residents. 

In addition to CERB, Premier Jason Kenney announced that no resident would be evicted if they failed to pay rent in April.

This included any tenants who may not have paid their rent for the past few months. 

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