[NO] I am unable to work because I am caring for someone who is critically ill


Beginning in April you will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 


Who is covered?

  • Those who have lost their job(s).
  • Those who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • Parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of closures.
  • Wage-earners, contract workers, and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).
  • Workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income.
  • You must also have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the past 12 months (maternity, parental, or adoptions benefits count) and you must have 14 days in a row of no income in each 4-week period of the CERB.


Step 1: Get ready to apply

If you can apply online (computer or mobile phone) go to and make sure you have a

MyAccount with the Canada Revenue Agency.


If you can’t apply online, there will be a dedicated 1-800 number you can call. Keep listening to the news or, in early April, call 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232).


As of March 27, Service Canada offices are closed. We are waiting to hear how the government will help people without a computer and internet.


Important to know:

  • Due to an anticipated  high volume of requests, the government is requesting you enroll in the CERB based on your birthday:

April 6th: January, February and March birthdays

April 7th: April, May and June birthdays 

April 8th: July, August and September birthdays

April 9th: October, November and December birthdays

The date you apply will not impact when you receive CERB funds. 

  • There is no need to re-apply for CERB if you applied for EI after March 15th. You will be automatically enrolled on April 6th.
  • You DO NOT need a doctor’s note for COVID-19.
  • By law, you are eligible if you had at least $5,000 in income from work (employment or self-employment), EI maternity or parental benefits or Quebec’s parental benefits program QPIP in the last year; AND you have had no income from employment, self-employment, any EI benefit or QPIP for at least 14 days in a row.
  • You can prove your identity to the government faster online if you use online banking through your bank or credit union.

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