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The CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) Application Available Now Through CRA (Canada Revenue Agency)

As of today, there is the option to apply online for the CERB through your CRA account. A blue dialogue box will open when you click apply to notify you of your designated application day. Please only apply on your corresponding day. If it is your day to apply, click to continue. If you have already submitted an EI request, regardless of whether or not it has been approved, you will notice that the next step informs the user that the application for the CERB has already been accepted. The government is doing its best to get these payments to people within 3-5 business days but there is not currently a service guarantee due to the unprecedented nature of this pandemic.

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Please note, the terms do include a section that outlines overpayment of CERB money. The government states that it is not responsible to ensure your eligibility and that if ineligible payments are made, it is the responsibility of the individual to find that out and repay the government any potential overpayments through the CERB. The federal government has hinted at additional financial supports for those individuals not eligible for EI or the CERB. More details to follow.

Most of the covid-19 government announcements thus far have not addressed help for those not in employment, education or training before the pandemic. There has been some money set aside for households with children, however. Please read more here, if this applies to you. Existing provincial funding is still available as usual through Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) with additional benefits specifically due to the covid-19 pandemic. Stay tuned with the LEHC, a trusted community resource, for the latest developments as they happen.

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The Positivity Wall

Here at the LEHC, like everywhere else, things are very different lately. This may be the first truly global pandemic in history and it seems to have caught humanity off guard. The news cycle is constant covid-19 pandemic articles and people may feel like they are running out of things to do. It is definitely important to stay up to date with the latest news about recommendations and laws from medical professionals and government, but it can also be nice to add other things in the mix every once in a while.

The LEHC has created the positivity wall. The LEHC team has set this up in what would normally be our busy resource centre to give space for positive thoughts and ideas in a very uncertain and scary time. We will share a video with some of those messages soon. Please, offer some of your own in the comments!

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Seeing the positive side of things, this has also been a good time to plan and make sure that the LEHC has an effective and helpful response regardless of circumstance. Stay connected.

Use the Ecosia Search Engine (and Plant Trees in Australia With Your Searches for Free–Today, January 23, 2020, Only)!

Australia has been devastated recently with wildfires on a massive scale. You can help by using Ecosia when you’re doing your web searches today, January 23, 2020! It’s free, and you can easily add it to your browser. Visit ecosia.org today and start searching today (and replanting the trees that will aid in the recovery of ecosystems in Australia).