Information for Individuals
Canada Emergency Response Benefit
This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose their income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CERB combines the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit.
Who is eligible?
Canadians who have lost their job,
Are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19,
Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures.
Wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.
Workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19
How to Access CERB
The portal to access CERB will be available in early April
Do not apply if you are already or in the process of receiving EI.
Canadians would begin to receive their CERB payments within 10 days of application. The CERB would be paid every four weeks and be available from March 15, 2020 until October 3, 2020.
Emergency Isolation Supports
Emergency isolation supports are now available for eligible working Albertans. Individuals can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other source of pay or compensation. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at
Increased Security For Alberta Renters
Effective immediately, tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1. Rents will not increase while Alberta’s state of public health emergency remains in effect, late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments for the next three months and landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while the state of public health emergency is in effect.