Following the Sept. 27 wrap-up of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Parliament passed the federal government’s new streams of temporary COVID-19 recovery benefits (part of Employment Insurance, but to be administered by CRA). The three streams are:
  • CRB (Canada Recovery Benefit) for individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are employed, self-employed, or not eligible for EI. The application process is now open, and eligibility details are available. If you are not working because of COVID-19 or your income has been reduced by 50% or more over the same period last year, you may apply for this benefit. If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period. If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply for up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between Sept. 27, 2020 and Sept. 25, 2021.
  • CRCB (Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit): This benefit gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program, or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they’re sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. If you’re eligible for the CRCB, your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. If your situation continues past one week, you will need to apply again. You may apply for up to a total of 26 weeks between Sept. 27, 2020 and Sept. 25, 2021.
  • CRSB (Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit): The benefit gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they’re sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. If you’re eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period. If your situation continues past one week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 2 weeks between Sept. 27, 2020 and Sept. 25, 2021.