This is early and there will be changes. You need to have worked and made $5000 in the last 12 months. And you lost your job or earnings (wages, small business, contract work) because of COVID-19. Follow along at the Canada Revenue Agency site. There may be delays. If you have direct deposit you may get money with 3-5 business days.
From Government of Canada:
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
Who is eligible
The benefit will be available to workers:
- Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
- Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
- Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
- Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.
To deliver payments to Canadians in a fast and easy way, the CERB is being jointly delivered by Service Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency.
To begin the application process, please answer a few simple questions. The answers you provide will help us direct you to the service option that best fits your situation.
Please read these questions and answers for more details.