The CERB ends on October 3, 2020, 28 weeks after the first payment. The last date to apply for retroactive CERB payment for any period before October 3 is December 3.
On July 31, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a news conference that CERB recipients will soon be transferred to an updated employment insurance (“EI”) system.
This was just an announcement at a press conference, and there were only a few details released, namely:
- CERB recipients will be migrated to an updated EI system 2020 or the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB).
- There will be an EI sickness and caregivers benefit for people not covered at work if they contract COVID-19 or if a family member gets ill and they are required to take care of them.
- The new CRB will include the ability to work more hours without a clawback in benefit payments.
Update: August 20, 2020
The Federal Government announced the CERB will be extended by an additional four weeks to a maximum of 28 weeks (the old CERB end date was September 26, now it is October 3.
In addition, the Federal Government announced that unemployed Canadians who were already eligible for EI will transition to that program when CERB winds down after 28 weeks in late September and that Canadians will need to have worked just 120 hours in the last year to qualify, well below current EI requirements.
Anyone eligible for EI regular benefits will get at least $400 weekly for 26 weeks, at minimum.
Canada Recovery Benefits
Furthermore, the Federal Government announced new “Recovery” benefits for those Canadians who would not be elgible for EI regular benefits:
- The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) will provide $400 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support and who are available and looking for work.
- The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19.
- The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for:
- a child under age 12 due to the closures of schools or daycares because of COVID-19.
- a family member with a disability or a dependent because their day program or care facility is closed due to COVID-19.
- a child, a family member with a disability, or a dependent who is not attending school, daycare, or other care facilities under the advice of a medical professional due to being at high-risk if they contract COVID-19.
Updates: September 24, 2020
- Update: Read all about the new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB).
- Update: Read all about the new EI system.
Not all people on the CERB will not automatically be transitioned to the new EI.
Canadians who have been receiving CERB through Service Canada and are already eligible for EI will automatically transition to EI benefits once the CERB ends (source), although we don’t quite know what this will look like yet until it launches. We will update this post when we know more.
Canadians who have been receiving CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency will need to apply through Service Canada for the new EI.
Jeff is an employment lawyer in Toronto. He is the Principal of the Dutton Employment Law Group at Monkhouse Law. Jeff is a frequent lecturer on employment law and is the author of an employment law textbook and various trade journal articles.