This has been a hard year for a lot of Canadians, especially those who lost their jobs. People who have been getting assistance from the government might now be wondering, "when does the CERB end?" The answer is this week, but you can still apply.
The Canada Revenue Agency sent out a tweet on September 21 reminding people that they can still put in an application before the program ends on September 26.
However, since this is the final time to apply, you can only receive money for one period between March 15 and September 26.
Unable to work due to #COVID19? #CERB is still available to provide the support you need! Apply before it ends on… https://t.co/8y7SIk8ui9— Canada Revenue Agency (@Canada Revenue Agency) 1600696755.0
Before you apply, you'll need to ensure that you are eligible for the benefit by answering a few questions on the CRA's website.
That includes earning at least $5,000 within the last 12 months from employment or provincial benefits like parental leave.
You also must be able to claim that your income has been affected by COVID-19, either through the reduction of your hours or being unable to return to work due to closures or because you are caring for someone.
Anyone who is collecting the Canada Emergency Student Benefit has a few extra days to put in a final application. The deadline is September 30, and you can apply for a single one-month period.
There will still be new benefit programs to help out Canadians after the switch.
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will provide financial assistance to self-employed people who don't qualify for EI but have had their income reduced by COVID-19.
Additionally, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives money to those who are sick or self-isolating, while the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) provides payments to people who are looking after a dependent because of closures related to the pandemic.