Find out if you are entitled to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit here:
The CERB is now available for a total of 24 weeks.
When do you have to repay the CERB?
You must repay the CERB if you no longer meet the eligibility requirements for the 4-week period in question.
Choose the situation that applies to you
Earned employment or self-employment income earlier than expected
Applied for and got the CERB from both EI/Service Canada and from the CRA for the same eligibility period
Applied for the CERB but later realized you’re not eligible
None of the above
This could happen if:
you earned employment or self-employment income earlier than expected
you applied for the CERB but later realize you’re not eligible
you receive a CERB payment from both Service Canada and the CRA for the same period
If you applied for the CERB twice in one period
If you applied for the CERB or EI with Service Canada, and then later applied for the CERB with the CRA for the same eligibility period, you applied twice. If this happens, you will have to return or repay the overpayment.
Do I have to repay my CERB if I get rehired or find a new job?
You are required to repay the CERB if you no longer meet the eligibility requirements for the 4-week period in question. For example, you applied for the 4-week period of April 12 to May 9. At the time you applied, you expected to have little or no work or income for that 4-week period. But you have just found out your employer has rehired you and will give you back-pay for that same 4-week period. In this situation, you will need to repay the CERB for that 4-week period of April 12 to May 9.
The conditions around paying back the CERB are different if you’re paying back your first eligibility period, or a subsequent period.
For your first eligibility period
If your employment or self-employment income was $1,000 or less (before deductions) for at least 14 days in a row during this 4-week period, you do not need to repay the CERB.
For subsequent eligibility periods
You will need to repay the $2,000 for an eligibility period if you earned or will earn more than $1,000 (before deductions) from employment or self-employment income during that period.
Recognize CERB repayment scams
Beware of fraudulent emails, texts or calls claiming to be from the CRA about repaying the CERB or requesting personal information.
For more on what to expect when we contact you, and what information we ask for, go to Protect yourself against fraud.
How to return or repay the CERB
If you received the CERB from the CRA, you must send your payment back to the CRA. If you received the CERB from Service Canada, you must send it back to Service Canada.
Send your payment back to the CRA
If you were paid by direct deposit or don't have the original CERB chequeIf you still have the original CERB cheque
Send your payment back to Service Canada
If you received your CERB from Service Canada (EI), you must send it back to Service Canada.
Impact on tax slips
The CERB is taxable. You will receive a T4A tax slip on the amount of CERB you receive.
If you repay the CERB, the CRA won’t issue a T4A for that payment. To ensure that we don’t issue slips improperly, you need to repay your CERB before December 31, 2020.
If you need more time to pay
If you want to repay your CERB but need more time, contact the CRA to ensure you have an agreed upon payback schedule by December 31, 2020.