COVID-19 Emergency Response Act (S.C. 2020, c. 5)

Date Announced:

March 25, 2020

Active Period:

Emergency powers expire on Sept. 30, 2020; Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) April 6 - June 15, extended by 8 weeks to August 30th and again 4 weeks to the end of September, 2020.


Fast-tracked legislation in the House of Commons for an $82-billion emergency COVID-19 support package. $2000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for workers who lose their income as a result of the coronavirus, and expanding eligibility for Employment Insurance. Canada Child Benefit payments were given a one-time increase of $300 per child, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit for the 2019 tax year was doubled and personal income tax deadlines for 2019 were extended.

Departments and Agencies:

Canada Revenue Agency | Economic and Social Development Canada | Privy Council Office

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Citizens | Economic migrants | Family class (reunification) | International students | Parties to immigration proceedings | Permanent residents | Prospective immigrants | Refugee claimants | Refugees | Registered Indians | Temporary foreign workers | Temporary residents | Visitors


Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

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