CERB is gone. Now what?

Michelle Berelowitz calls CERB her “lifeline.”

The Oakville mom of a four-year-old boy said she has required the $500 a week that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit provided since mid-March when the pandemic hit because she was self-employed as a consultant for start-up companies.

The government is making employment insurance available to CERB recipients who qualify. There’s also a new suite of proposed benefits, but they will require approval of Parliament.

It’s unclear whether Berelowitz and others in the same boat will automatically be transferred to employment insurance or whether she has to apply and wait for the cash to start flowing into her account.

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