Please read below for information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit due to COVID-19 as this will apply to members who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Please stay strong and keep up the good work.
Who is covered by the Canada Emergency Response Benefit?
This new benefit will cover people who have lost their job, people who are sick or quarantined, and parents who must stay home without pay to care for children, the same as the two previously announced benefits. The new CERB also includes workers who have no income due to the COVID-19 slowdown, but who haven’t yet been officially laid off. It will cover employees, contract workers, and self-employed workers. To qualify, applicants must have had $5,000 in employment income, self-employment income, or maternity or parental leave benefits for 2019 or in the 12-month period preceding the day they make the application.
How much will I get?
The CERB will pay out $2,000 per month for the next 4 months, backdated to March 15th.
Where can I apply?
The application form will be available on April 6. If you have already applied for EI, you do not need to also apply for this new benefit, your claim will be automatically moved over to the CERB and you will receive the 16-week benefit. If needed, you can use your hours to apply for benefits after October 3, 2020.
You can apply in one of these three ways:
What if I’ve already been laid off and applied for EI?
If you’ve already applied for EI you do not need to reapply for the CERB. Your claim will be automatically moved over to the CERB, and benefits paid from this program first. If needed, you can use your hours to apply for EIbenefits after October 3, 2020.
What if I don’t qualify for EI?
You can qualify for the CERB if you had $5,000 in employment income, self-employment income, or maternity or parental leave benefits for 2019 or in the 12-month period preceding the day you make the application.
When will I get benefits?
The application is expected to be available April 6. Benefits should be delivered 10 days after you submit your application form. The earliest you could receive benefits through direct deposit is April 16th (or slightly later if by mail).
What if I’m already receiving EI Benefits?
You will continue to receive your EI benefits. If your EI benefits end before October 3rd, 2020, and you are still unable to return to work, you can apply to the CERB once your EI benefits run out.
What if I continue to be sick or unemployed after October 3, 2020?
If you have enough EI insurable hours, you will still be able to access your normal EIbenefits after the 16-week period covered by the CERB.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Your health and the health of your families is incredibly important. I know the impacts of this are felt among work groups across the provinces. You are dealing with fast moving changes at work while also coping with the disappointment of trips bring cancelled, child care challenges and the effects of social distancing in your personal lives.
At a time when so much information is being shared - My message today is simple. Take care of yourselves. Take care of your families and loved ones and look out for your brothers and sisters.
Please see the list below of current cancellations:
Regarding the upcoming April Unit Meetings, we are waiting for instructions and clarification from the International Office on how to move forward with nominations. Stay tuned for further changes. We will be providing updates as soon as they become available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please be safe and keep up the outstanding work.
Business Manager /
IBEW Local 1928