Starting tomorrow (Monday, April 6), the federal government is accepting applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
The CERB will help workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing $2000 a month over four months for those who are out of a job or not getting income.
As a high number of applications are expected, residents are asked to reduce the strain on the online portal by applying on a certain day corresponding to their birth month.
Residents born in January, February, and March are asked to apply on Monday; April, May, and June on Tuesday; July, August, and September on Wedenesday; and October, November, and December on Thursday.
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Please note : In order to reduce the strain on the online portal , we’re asking Canadians to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit on specific days of the week depending on their birth month.
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Everyone is welcome to apply on the remaining days of the week (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
“There have been discussions around different ways of ensuring the system is not overloaded, and we will continue to keep Canadians apprised of that,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
More information about the CERB can be found on the federal government’s website.