Canada Recovery Benefit

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. 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 up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

The “basic” criteria to qualify are as follows:

  • reside in Canada – ie live and have a home in Canada.
  • minimum eligible age is 15 years
  • have a SIN
  • earned at least $5 000 in employment, self-employment, maternity or parental benefits, or “ordinary/non-eligible” dividends, in either 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before the date of application
  • must not have voluntarily quit your job or reduced your hours on or after September 27, 2020 must be seeking work during the period

You must also meet one of these criteria for each 2-week period you apply for:

  • you must not be employed or self-employed for reasons related to Covid-19 OR
  • you had a 50% reduction in your average weekly income compared to 2019 (or the previous 12 months) due to Covid-19. The 50% reduction is based on your average weekly income compared to the previous year due to Covid-19.

You are not eligible to receive the CRB if you are receiving the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit or the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, short-term disability benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, EI benefits, or Quebec Parental Insurance Plan benefits. There will be a callback of 50% of the CRB if your net income is more than $38 000 in the calendar year. The $38 000 excludes any CRB payments received.

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