Economic Support for Individuals and Businesses

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

For people facing loss of income the government has introduced Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) which provides a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19.

The CERB is available to workers who meet all of the following conditions:

  • – live in Canada and are at least 15 years old
  • – stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits
  • – have not voluntarily quit their job
  • – had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application.

On April 15, Canadian government announced changes to the eligibility rules to:

  • – Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • – Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work because of COVID-19.
  • – Extend the CERB to workers who have recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job because of COVID-19.

Canadian government announced recently temporary top up to the salaries of low-income workers (those who earn less than $2,500 per month on a full time basis), that the provinces and territories have deemed essential in the fight against COVID-19. This will provide a much needed boost to those on the front-line in hospitals, those caring for seniors in long-term care facilities, those working so hard to make sure that there that is food on our shelves and tables, and others. More details will be released shortly.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The plan includes support for individuals and families, businesses and industries impacted by COVID-19.


or over the phone: 1‑800‑959‑2019 or 1‑800‑959‑2041


Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19

This Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) site combines all benefits that federal government, provinces and territories are offering to people financially affected by the coronavirus, in one single view which can be filtered by province of residence.

ACE Society has prepared the following infographics as a summary of benefits for individuals and businesses benefiting from government response program (English and Shqip):

Support for individuals infographic (english) (image | pdf)

  • Support for individuals infographic (shqip) (image | pdf)

Support for businesses infographic (english) (image | pdf)

Support for business infographic (shqip) (image | pdf)