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Policy backgrounder

How does the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) impact eligibility of provincial benefits?

Published on 13/05/2020

CERB and its interactions with provincial and territorial social assistance and subsidized housing programs and youth aging out of care

This policy backgrounder provides an overview of how provincial and territorial governments have decided to treat receipt of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for those receiving social assistance and/or living in subsidized housing. It also looks at provisions for youth aging out of care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given that not all jurisdictions have made decisions around how the CERB will interact with provincial/territorial programs, this is a living document. This policy backgrounder will be updated as new information is made available.

Last updated: May 12, 2020.

This work was inspired by conversations held by the Atkinson Foundation with income security policy experts on the impacts of COVID-19 on workers and people living in poverty.

The work is supported by the Metcalf Foundation and Maytree.

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Summary

This policy backgrounder provides an overview of how provincial and territorial governments have decided to treat receipt of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.

Topic(s)

Income security, Poverty