CERB Extension: Can You Claim Both EI and CRB?

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The Canadian government has divided the CERB in EI and CRB. Both have the same purpose but cater to different people. Can you claim both EI and CRB?The post CERB Extension: Can You Claim Both EI and CRB? appeared first on The Motley Fool Canada.
The Justin Trudeau government has replaced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) with the new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and Employment Insurance (EI). It has retained the benefit amount at $2,000 a month. Can you claim both EI and CRB? Yes and no. You can't claim both the benefits simultaneously. But you can claim CRB if you have exhausted your EI. Both CRB and new EI are in place for a year, giving you ample time to max out your benefit limit.

The minimum that you can get in EI is $13,000 over 26 weeks. And that is the maximum for CRB. Now, if you are eligible for EI, you can only claim that benefit for now.

All about the COVID-19 EI

Service Canada (SC) will process your EI claim. If you have been getting your CERB from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), you need to create a My Service Canada Account. In the new COVID-19 EI, the government has reduced the eligibility criteria to make it accessible to more people and has increased the minimum benefit to bring it on par with the CERB.

To be eligible to get an EI claim, you need to have worked at least 120 insured hours (three weeks full time) in the last 52 weeks since March 15. Another requirement is you should have lost your job through no fault of your own and should be actively seeking a new job. You can apply for an EI claim after the end of every two weeks you were eligible.

When you submit your first application for EI, make sure you didn't have an ongoing…
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