Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is a financial assistance to help employees and self-employment workers that have stopped working because of COVID-19. Until recently, workers that still had income could not qualify for CERB, even if their hours had been reduced because of the pandemic.

 “To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to:
  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19” (
Canada Revenue Agency is helping Service Canada (the department in charge of Employment Insurance) to treat CERB applications. It is important to know that you can apply through either one, but not both of them.

In addition, the governement has extended " the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) by eight weeks, [making] the benefit available to eligible workers for up to a total of 24 weeks" (

Entrepreneurs, concrete actions like wages subsidy, deferred payments and access to credit have been implemented to help you. Look at the summary of government’s initiatives. Also, MRC du Fjord-du-Saguenay (regional county municipality) offers a program : Aide d’urgence aux petites et moyennes entreprises (PAU-PME).