COVID-19 April 1, 2020 update

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB):

  • Applications start on April 6 through CRA’s My Account.
  • If already applied for EI, no need to reapply for CERB.
  • Can’t get both the wage subsidy (see below) and the CERB.
  • Payment should be received within 3-5 days, if registered for direct deposit.
  • Recipients are to confirm once a month that they are still out of work.

Wage Subsidy:

  • The 75% subsidy will be available to non-publicly funded companies, charities, and not for profits.
  • Stiff and severe penalties for those that take advantage of the system.
  • Details to be released by Finance Minister Morneau at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

Parliament Recall:

  • The PM is consulting with other parties to recall Parliament to make legislative changes.
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