Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provided temporary income support to employed and self-employed Canadians who have lost their income due to COVID-19. This includes employed, self-employed, wage earners, and contract workers who weren’t getting paid because they:

  • lost their job
  • were self-isolating or quarantined
  • were sick with COVID-19 or took care of a loved one with COVID-19 or
  • needed to stay home to care for children who were at home because of school and day care closures

Note: The CERB was discontinued on September 26, 2020. For information on how this benefit might impact your 2020 return, visit the 2020 H&R Block Help Centre.