Temporary COVID-19 Recovery Benefits

Last updated February 2021

The federal government has created three temporary recovery benefits to support Canadians unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19, and who do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI):

  1. The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)  
  2. The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)  
  3. The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) 

These three new temporary recovery benefits replace the now-defunct Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

These three temporary recovery benefits are available for Canadians who do not qualify for EI. For those that do qualify for EI, the new legislation has also established a minimum weekly benefit payment of $500 for all EI recipients, at the same level as the CERB. You can apply for EI through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) 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 are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. The CRCB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

If you are eligible for the CRCB, your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period.

If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 38 weeks between September 27, 2020, and September 25, 2021. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, visit here.

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are 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. The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)This benefit supports the federal government's commitment to ensure all Canadian workers have access to paid sick leave.

If you are eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period.

If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 4 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021. To learn more about how to apply and eligibility, visit here.

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

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. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

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 19 eligibility periods (38 weeks) between September 27, 2020, and September 25, 2021.

This benefit will be paid in two-week periods. Eligible individuals will be able to apply for recovery benefits online through the CRA’s My Account portal or by phone through the CRA’s automated phone line: 1-800-959-8281. For more information about the application process, visit here.

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