Thoughts on the CERB

Wondering how to apply for CERB? It’s easier than you think. And no, you don’t have to have done your 2019 taxes! But you DO have to have done your 2018 taxes! Here’s an easy to understand walk through from a former government worker that should answer most of your questions. The rest can be answered Thursday, when they do an AMA.



Note this article is by a guest author who has requested to remain anonymous.

I need to start out by clarifying who I am, and who I am not. I am a Canadian citizen who remains employed throughout the COVID-19 crisis (touch wood). I am working from home. Previously I worked for the government, in a department adjacent to the one that manages the EI, but was not directly involved. I know the basic workings of the EI system, but am not privy to insider information. I have not applied for the CERB, nor do I intend to, as both my spouse and I continue to work. 

I am writing this guide because I am adept at maneuvering the ins and outs of bureaucracy, and have been helping friends and acquaintances with their questions and concerns regarding benefits for individuals during this crisis. I only have the information that…

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