x
(587) 705-0764
Ackah Business Immigration Law – Personal and Corporate Immigration
Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Free Consult

More Options...

Trudeau Closes CERB

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Family Class and Coronavirus - COVID

Trudeau Closes CERB

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is now closed. CERB was put in place to give financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19 and was available to all eligible workers including Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and foreign workers on work permits.

The government is now transitioning to new COVID-19 benefits under Employment Insurance (EI) and New Recovery Benefits, which became available September 27, 2020, and will continue to be available through September 25, 2021.

Options After CERB:

If you do not qualify for EI:

  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Employment Insurance Benefits and Immigration

Is This Considered Social Assistance Under IRPR?

According to Section 2 of IRPR (Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations), social assistance means:

any benefit in the form of money, goods or services provided to or on behalf of a person by a province under a program of social assistance, including a program of social assistance designated by a province to provide for basic requirements, including food, shelter, clothing, fuel, utilities, household supplies, personal requirements and health care not provided by public health care, including dental care and eye care.”

No: Employment Insurance and New Recover Benefits are not considered social assistance, but each person should consult with their accountant.

Family Sponsorship Eligibility

One of the key requirements of being a family sponsor is being financially sound. A person who wishes to sponsor a family member to immigrate to Canada will not be able to do so if they are “in receipt of social assistance for a reason other than disability.” If you receive social assistance, you cannot sponsor your spouse, common-law partner, children, parent or other relatives.

CERB Payback

Some CERB recipients who have been found to be ineligible for the benefit have been encouraged to repay the CERB money they received to avoid any 2021 tax troubles. While some recipients were approved for the benefits in error due to confusion over eligibility requirements, others deliberately committed fraud to apply under the emergency relief program's "trust-but-verify approach to benefit eligibility."

Book A Consultation

How Can Ackah Law Help Your Immigration Problem?

If you have questions about your immigration application or eligibility and receiving benefits due to the COVID crisis, or other immigration issues during the coronavirus restrictions or for post-restriction business, contact Ackah Law today at (587) 602-0217 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email contact@ackahlaw.com.


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

More About Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Canada Pledges to Prioritize Family Reunification Despite Provincial Hurdles

In a move emphasizing the human element of immigration, Canada's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) Minister, Marc Miller, has announced a renewed focus on family reunification. ...

Read More

Episode 71: Family Reunification Made Easy: Family Program In Canada

Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses family reunification in Canada through family immigration programs. On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, ...

Read More

Episode 68 Family Class Sponsorship: Reuniting Loved Ones

On the Ask Canada Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah podcast, Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah discusses reuniting loved ones in Canada through family class sponsorship. ...

Read More

IRCC is still working through backlogs from the pandemic, and some groups are paying the price, says Calgary Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah

Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah told CBC Calgary the frustrating delays a local Calgary man is experiencing waiting 5 years to reunite with his parents as their permanent ...

Read More

Canada Updates Super Visa Policy

BOOK YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION The Parent and Grandparent Super Visa program allow Canadian permanent residents and citizens to invite their non-resident parents and grandparents ...

Read More

FAQ: I Can't Get the Covid Vaccine - How Can I Enter Canada If I'm Not Fully Vaccinated?

Canada requires ALL travellers entering by air, land and sea to be fully vaccinated against Covid to cross the border. If you are an immigrant who now has Canadian citizenship (including ...

Read More

I can’t thank you enough for ALL OF YOUR HELP. The piece of mind you have provided to me during a time when I was about ready to melt was invaluable and very much appreciated. I truly felt like you were in my corner against the mammoth.

Please never underestimate the comfort you provide by the way you partner with your clients. It’s what separates you. I would and will highly recommend you whenever I can.

It has been a pleasure working with you. I hope our paths cross again down the road.

– Shaunalee Boyle

View All Testimonials