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. It replaces the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
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.
This means the application for the first 2-week period is October 12, 2020.
Your eligibility ends after 13 claimed periods.
- During the period you’re applying for
- you were not working for reasons related to COVID-19, OR
- you had a 50% reduction in your average weekly income compared to the previous year due to COVID-19
- You did not apply for or receive any of the following:
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
- Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
- short-term disability benefits
- workers’ compensation benefits
- Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
- Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits
- You were not eligible for EI benefits
- You reside in Canada,
- You are present in Canada,
- You have a SIN card,
- You are at least 15 years old.
- You earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before the date you apply from any of the following sources:
- employment income (total or gross pay)
- net self-employment income (after deducting expenses)
- maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits
Cannot refuse reasonable work
If you refuse reasonable work, you will automatically lose 5 periods (10 weeks) of the CRB eligibility periods. You must also wait 5 periods (10 weeks) before you can re-apply. If you refuse work again, you will face the penalty again.
You were seeking work during the period, either as an employee or in self-employment
You may earn employment or self-employment income while you receive the CRB. But the CRB has an income threshold of $38,000.
You will have to reimburse $0.50 for every dollar of net income you earn above $38,000 on your income tax return for that year (2020 or 2021). You will not have to pay back more than your benefit amount for that year.
We encourage you to consult Job Bank, Canada’s national employment service that offers tools to help with your job search.
The CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (August 30 to September 26, 2020).
You can apply for period 7 through the CRA’s My Account or automated toll-free phone line at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.