Canada Emergency Response Benefit
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) supports Canadians by providing urgently needed financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who have been directly affected by COVID-19. It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4 week period (equivalent to $500 a week) for up to 16 weeks. You will be able to apply for the new CERB in My Account or using the automated phone line starting April 6, 2020.
The benefit will be available to workers:
- Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
- Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job;
- Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
- Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
The income of at least $5,000 may be from any or a combination of the following sources: employment; self-employment; maternity and parental benefits under the Employment Insurance program and/or similar benefits paid in Quebec under the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan.
If you applied for EI regular or sickness benefits on March 15, 2020 or later, your claim will be automatically processed through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
The Benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of reasons related to COVID-19. If you are looking for a job but haven’t stopped working because of COVID-19, you are not eligible for the Benefit.
Government of Canada Update
Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19
The Government of Canada is making additional investments to support Canadian businesses from the economic impacts of COVID-19. These new investments provide support to financial institutions and allow them to quickly provide credit and liquidity options for a range of businesses.
Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
The CEWS prevents further job losses, encourages employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis.
Chatham-Kent Covid-19 Tip Line:
On March 24th the Ontario government issued new emergency orders prohibiting the operation of non-essential businesses and organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. The government has also closed outdoor recreational amenities.
Chatham-Kent residents who have concerns about non-essential businesses, use of public playgrounds or social gatherings of more than five people can now report their concerns via phone or email.
To report a concern, individuals can call 519-360-1998, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email
Further details regarding the Government of Ontario's mandatory orders can be found in these following links.
Ontario Business Information Line:
All non-essential businesses in Ontario are to close. The change came into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the information line at 1-888-444-3659.
While businesses are required to close their bricks and mortar locations, they are encouraged to explore opportunities to continue operations through work-from-home and innovative business models. This includes teleworking and online commerce
Chatham-Kent Public Health: Information for Workplaces