New Canada Emergency Response Benefit
With the passage of Bill C-13, the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit. Wage earners and self-employed workers who are facing unemployment (either who lose their job, whose work is interrupted, who are sick or quarantined, or who have to stop working to care for their children or other vulnerable people) are eligible to receive $2,000 per month for four months. The process has been simplified and the pool of eligible individuals has been expanded to help more Canadians. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April.
The first step is to create an CRA file now, if you haven't already done so, where details of the CERB will be made available in the upcoming week. People who have already applied for employment insurance will have their application automatically transferred to this program.
For answers to your questions, read this FAQ from the Journal de Montréal(in French).