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Updated Government Assistance Programs and Benefits During COVID-19

Date: November 06, 2020
Author: IUPAT Team
Categories: COVID-19 Updates, News


On October 3, 2020, the CERB program officially ended. But if you still require financial assistance, there is no need to worry! The CERB program just transitioned into a long-term assistance program. The CRA and Government of Canada will continue to support Canadians in need through Employment Insurance (EI) and new recovery benefits.

Employment Insurance (EI)

Depending on whether you applied for CERB through Service Canada or through the CRA will determine what you need to do to receive EI benefits:

Service Canada – You likely won’t have to apply for EI Benefits. You will just have to continue completing CERB Reports. Service Canada will automatically review your ROE and file, and start a claim for EI benefits for you (if you qualify).

CRA – First, you need to collect all your CERB payments before you are eligible for EI. Only at the end of your last CERB eligibility period can you apply. Once this has ended, you need to determine what kind of EI benefit you qualify for (Fishing, Regular, Sickness, Maternity, etc.) and then apply online (within the same link above).

  • To apply, you must submit a Record of Employment (ROE) for the work you had (one year) prior to CERB.
  • The amount of EI you receive depends on your situation. If you are on Sickness or Regular Benefits, you will need to continue submitting reports to continue receiving benefits.

For those that do not qualify for EI, you may be eligible for other benefits.

New Recovery Benefits

1. Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

This benefit provides support to employed and self-employed people that have been directly impacted by COVID-19 and do not qualify for EI.

  • You can receive up to $1,000 for a two-week period. To continue receiving this, you will need to apply again.

2. Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

This benefit provides support to employed and self-employed people that cannot work because they must care for their child (under 12 years old) or a family member that needs supervised care.

  • You can qualify if your child’s school or family member’s facility has closed due to COVID-19, or you can qualify if they must remain home because they are sick, self-isolating or at risk.
  • You can receive up to $500 per week. You must apply again if your situation continues.

3. Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

This benefit provides support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work because they are sick, need to self-isolate, or are at high risk of health complications.

  • You can receive up to $500 per week. You must apply again if your situation continues.

For IUPAT members and individuals trying to understand the changes to CERB and whether you qualify for government assistance, or for just general inquiries, please visit After CERB. This provides information on how the CERB transitioning is taking place, your eligibility requirements for assistance or benefits, and it addresses various questions and concerns regarding the New Recovery Benefits and EI.

For any questions or concerns regarding your benefits, you can email the IUPAT Benefits Office at iupat@bpagroup.com, or you can visit here for answers to some common questions members have about their benefits.

November 06, 2020

Updated Government Assistance Programs and Benefits During COVID-19

On October 3, 2020, the CERB program officially ended. But if you still require financial assistance, there is no need to worry! The CERB program just transitioned into a long-term assistance program. The CRA and Government of Canada will continue to support Canadians in need through Employment Insurance (EI) and new recovery benefits.

Employment Insurance (EI)

Depending on whether you applied for CERB through Service Canada or through the CRA will determine what you need to do to receive EI benefits:

Service Canada – You likely won’t have to apply for EI Benefits. You will just have to continue completing CERB Reports. Service Canada will automatically review your ROE and file, and start a claim for EI benefits for you (if you qualify).

CRA – First, you need to collect all your CERB payments before you are eligible for EI. Only at the end of your last CERB eligibility period can you apply. Once this has ended, you need to determine what kind of EI benefit you qualify for (Fishing, Regular, Sickness, Maternity, etc.) and then apply online (within the same link above).

  • To apply, you must submit a Record of Employment (ROE) for the work you had (one year) prior to CERB.
  • The amount of EI you receive depends on your situation. If you are on Sickness or Regular Benefits, you will need to continue submitting reports to continue receiving benefits.

For those that do not qualify for EI, you may be eligible for other benefits.

New Recovery Benefits

1. Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

This benefit provides support to employed and self-employed people that have been directly impacted by COVID-19 and do not qualify for EI.

  • You can receive up to $1,000 for a two-week period. To continue receiving this, you will need to apply again.

2. Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

This benefit provides support to employed and self-employed people that cannot work because they must care for their child (under 12 years old) or a family member that needs supervised care.

  • You can qualify if your child’s school or family member’s facility has closed due to COVID-19, or you can qualify if they must remain home because they are sick, self-isolating or at risk.
  • You can receive up to $500 per week. You must apply again if your situation continues.

3. Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

This benefit provides support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work because they are sick, need to self-isolate, or are at high risk of health complications.

  • You can receive up to $500 per week. You must apply again if your situation continues.

For IUPAT members and individuals trying to understand the changes to CERB and whether you qualify for government assistance, or for just general inquiries, please visit After CERB. This provides information on how the CERB transitioning is taking place, your eligibility requirements for assistance or benefits, and it addresses various questions and concerns regarding the New Recovery Benefits and EI.

For any questions or concerns regarding your benefits, you can email the IUPAT Benefits Office at iupat@bpagroup.com, or you can visit here for answers to some common questions members have about their benefits.

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