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Feds adding $2,000 benefit for Canadians out of work due to coronavirus

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Robert Donley:

What about retired people? Those of us with defined contribution plans, as well as those living on RRSPs, have had our retirement portfolios decimated. The decision-makers with the federal government continue to overlook this because they have a gold-plated pension plan that will survive the economic storm. Where’s our financial aid?

Thursday, March 26 at 8:03 am | Reply

Sotha Lim:


Thursday, March 26 at 5:07 pm | Reply


I wonder if apply for the $2,000/month benefit. I am a private tutor, a freelancer — all coffee shops, libraries, etc. are closed and that’s where I meet my students. At any rate, they’ve lost their job or laid off so they themselves would not have been able to keep up their lessons with me, so both sides have been affected. I suppose I should apply to see if I qualify . . . Thanks. I suppose it will be a nightmare getting onto the site if millions are doing the same thing. What a situation for all!

Friday, March 27 at 8:38 pm | Reply


Hello John,
Maybe you can tell me where can I apply for the $2,000/month benefit. I tried to find, but it is so hard. I am an individual and unemployed, but where is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit where I click. Thank you in advance for your help.

Tuesday, March 31 at 10:40 am


I’m glad those who are unemployed through all this are getting the money they need, but what about those who are on the frontlines? Should we get a pay for all the stress and extra work we are going through?

Sunday, March 29 at 2:47 am | Reply


I am currently employed as an essential worker. However, my spouse’s doctor has said that I should not be working as my spouse has a highly comprised immune system and it could be very serious if I bring the virus home. My spouse is working from home. I have two small children at home due to daycare/school closure, but my spouse cannot provide care for them. Would I qualify for the benefit to care for my children? If I do, is my employer required by law to release me from my work?

Monday, March 30 at 12:02 pm

Mary Auld:

These benefits are for people who have lost their jobs. Your job is beyond precious and we value you a lot but am sure you will get OT pay for the extra time you are putting in. Thank you for your service.

Tuesday, March 31 at 5:27 pm


I just got laid off and I am eligible for both EI and CERB. What should I go for?

Wednesday, April 01 at 5:34 am | Reply

Pat Bonyai:

Hi — I work part time for Safeway and I take care of my daughter who is special needs and a high risk, and so am I as I have COPD and had open-heart surgery three years ago. Am I eligible for this benefit?

Wednesday, April 01 at 4:10 pm | Reply


If I am eligible to apply for EI and my ei would normally be less than 2,000 a month, will my EI be “topped” up to $2,000 a month? If not, through CERB, if I’m NOT eligible for EI, I’ll get $2,000 a month?

Wednesday, April 01 at 6:54 pm | Reply

Mohamed Jesow:

I am a self-employed accountant who never did have an agreement with the EI program. My office is closed because of the Canadian government order to close non-essential businesses. Since I have lost all income because of the COVID-19, how would I qualify for the Emergency Support Program? And when will it be available to me?

Friday, April 03 at 1:20 pm | Reply

Krishnan Krishnamurthi:

Is there any program for self-employed individual like me who is not incorporated but facing steep reduction in income from my profession (accounting). Is it necessary for me to refuse small jobs that come my way just to be eligible for CERB? Or is there any other program that will help me to address this work shortage?

Tuesday, April 14 at 5:59 pm | Reply


I am retired, receiving a retirement pension from my employer as well as CPP and OAS. In 2019, I took a seasonal employment to meet month’s end and made a total of $4,700. On March 15, being a “high risk” candidate for Covid-19, my seasonal employer offered me to take some time off for “self-protection.” Can I apply for CERB ?

Friday, April 17 at 8:16 pm | Reply


How will these benefit plans work out at the end of the tax year? How much will we have to pay back? Or for how long do we have to pay it back? My work is soon going into shutdown due to lack of work so I want to make myself prepared with all the information if I am to receive this $2,000 monthly benefit.

Monday, April 20 at 5:58 pm | Reply


Can anyone tell me if regular EI benefits will be extended? Unable to obtain employment during this time and my benefits run out at the end of September 2020.

Tuesday, May 12 at 1:14 pm | Reply

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