CERB Extended, New Benefits for Self-employed Workers

Aug. 27, 2020

The federal government is extending the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) by one more month and revamping the employment insurance program to allow more people to receive financial assistance during COVID-19.

Measures include greater flexibility on the work hours required for EI, making it easier for people to qualify for a one-year period.

CERB, which has already paid out more than $69 billion to more than 8.6 million recipients, will now be in place until Sept. 27, extending the program from six months to 28 weeks.