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Canada extends CERB through summer

Canada extends CERB through summer

Canada will provide eight more weeks of income support payments to eligible individuals

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Canada's government has extended the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to 24 weeks (from 16 weeks) for eligible individuals affected by COVID-19. As a result, these individuals will be able to claim an additional eight weeks of payments under the CERB for the period from March 15, 2020 to October 3, 2020. The extension, which was announced on June 16, 2020, allows for a continuation of the benefit for individuals who continue to qualify for the CERB, but would have otherwise received the maximum benefit by July 2020.

Background

Canada's government enacted income support measures to allow eligible individuals to receive $2,000 under the CERB, for a four-week period within the period beginning March 15, 2020 and ending on October 3, 2020, for up to 16 weeks in total. The CERB is generally available to individuals who:

  • Are resident in Canada and are at least 15 years old
  • Have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19, are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits, or have exhausted their EI regular or fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020
  • Had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019, or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application
  • Have not quit their job voluntarily

These individuals are also allowed to earn up to $1,000 in employment or self-employment income in each benefit period, while continuing to qualify for the CERB.

Extension

The government extended the CERB to 24 weeks (from 16 weeks) under the same eligibility conditions that previously applied.

Attestation updated

As part of the CERB extension, Canada announced that it will change the attestation included in the online application process to encourage Canadians receiving the benefit to find employment.

For more information, contact your KPMG advisor.

Information is current to June 23, 2020. The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's National Tax Centre at 416.777.8500

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