On Monday, May 11, eligible Canadians will be able to once again apply, as the third eligibility period for the $2,000 monthly Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) begins. This four-week period runs from May 10 through June 6, 2020. To date, the Canada Revenue Agency has received more than 11 million applications for the CERB from 7.6 million unique applicants, and paid out nearly $30 billion in benefits.
But, with parts of the country starting to reopen, some businesses, likely buoyed by the 75 per cent Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, are starting to rehire employees previously laid off. If you suspect you may soon be working again, you may want to think twice before deciding to reapply for another CERB payment, lest you be required to return, or repay, the CERB if it turns out that you no longer meet the eligibility requirements for the upcoming period.
With that warning in mind, let’s review the basic eligibility requirements for the CERB, and what steps you may need to take to return it, should you determine that you no longer qualify.