Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) is a new benefit that is being introduced in Canada. Applications for the CRB will open next week on October 12, 2020.

The 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 those 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.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • are not eligible for EI (for example, if they are self-employed or are employed but did not work enough insurable hours to qualify for EI or if EI was already exhausted);
  • reside in Canada;
  • are at least 15 years old and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • have stopped working due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are available and looking for work; or are working and have had a reduction in their employment/self-employment income for reasons related to COVID-19;
  • had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in 2020; and
  • have not quit their job voluntarily

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