Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says April 6th is when people can start applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
The PM confirmed the date this morning, saying people can start applying that day online at Canada.ca
The benefit will provide $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to workers who can't work due to COVID19, workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone with COVID-19, working parents who have to stay home without pay to care for children that are sick and those who are still employed but aren't being paid due to not enough work.
Trudeau addressed the application process: (Above audio)
After you start receiving the benefit you will be able to check in each month at the portal to declare if you are still out of work.
If you've already applied for Employment Insurance (EI), Trudeau says you are already signed up.
It's important to note that if you are receiving the government's wage subsidy through your employer, you won't be eligible for the Emergency Response Benefit - Trudeau says it's one or the other.
For more details on how the Government is financially supporting individuals and businesses during this tough time, please click here