* * * The information above is for reference only. As of 2021, CERB no longer exist and it was rebranded as CRB. This benefits can only be applied through Canada Revenue Agency’s online account. CRB was designed to help people who do not qualify for Employment Insurance benefits. For more information, please refer to CRBCanada.ca for details * * *
EI vs CERB
If you became eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits prior to March 15th, you will receive the Employment Insurance benefits. You do not get to choose to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
If you became eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits March 15th onward, you will receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. You do not get to choose.
The only case where you get a choice is if you started a new EI claim within the last 52 weeks and there are still weeks payable on that claim. If you are in this situation, you can choose to:
- Automatically reactive (renew) your existing claim at the existing benefit rate; or
- Request that Service Canada end your existing claim and open a new claim for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
If you choose to end your existing claim, any remaining weeks payable on that existing claim will be lost and your decision is irreversible and not subject to reconsideration.
You cannot get Employment Insurance benefits and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for the same period.