Canadian Recovery Benefit (CRB)

After the CERB put in place to help people who lost their jobs during the Covid, new benefits are available to help people.

Validity: from September 27, 2020 to September 25, 2021.

Note: all these requests are retroactive: that you can apply for months that have already passed, counting 2 months less from now. Ex: on December 31st you can only apply from the period of November 1st.

3 New benefits for economic recovery are available.


Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)


First of all, you must be over 15 years old and not have been employed or self-employed because of COVID and NOT HAVE RESIGNED, OR you had a 50% drop in your weekly income. You need to comply with these following option to be eligible for this emergency aid:

  • Have earned $ 5,000 CAD NET during the last 12 months (all sources) / Have earned $ 5,000 CAD in 2019 or 2020 excluding social assistance (tips; non-eligible dividends; fees (nominal amounts paid to volunteers ), copyright (payments to artists)).

  • You do not touch other benefits.

  • You live in Canada.

  • You were present in Canada for the dates requested.

  • A valid SIN number.

  • You were not eligible for Employment Insurance benefits.

  • You were looking for a job as an employee / self-employed person.

  • You have not refused "reasonable" work during the 2 week period covered by your request.



Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)


This help is in the same vein as the previous one, here are the conditions ( in bold the one that differs from the previous help ):

  • Be at least 50% unable to work because must take care of a family member.

  • The child is under 12 and cannot be looked after because the facilities are closed OR a family member needs supervised care.

  • Be the only person in the household to request this help.

  • Not receive paid leave from the employer during this period.

  • Have earned $ 5,000 CAD in the last 12 months (all sources) / Have earned $ 5,000 CAD in 2019 or 2020 excluding social assistance (tips; non-eligible dividends; fees (nominal amounts paid to volunteers) , copyright (payments to artists)).

  • You do not touch other benefits.

  • You live in Canada.

  • You were present in Canada.

  • A valid SIN number.

  • Be over 15 years old.


Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)


In bold the conditions which differ from the basic aid.

  • Be at least 50% unable to work for reasons of isolation or the possibility of being infected with Covid OR you are at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

  • Not receive paid leave from the employer during this period.

  • Have earned $ 5,000 CAD in the last 12 months (all sources) / Have earned $ 5,000 CAD in 2019 or 2020 excluding social assistance (tips; non-eligible dividends; fees (nominal amounts paid to volunteers) , copyright (payments to artists)).

  • You do not touch other benefits.

  • You live in Canada.

  • You were present in Canada.

  • A valid SIN number.

  • Be over 15 years old.


How to apply ?


The assistance is unique: $ 1,000 CAD paid every 2 weeks, regardless of the salary you earn. You can receive this benefit for 26 weeks, ie 13 two-week periods available.

IMPORTANT : This given sum is gross. According to the government site on a total of $ 2,000 per month, you have to withdraw $ 200 to get after tax. So the net aid is $ 1,800 per month.

Deadline to submit a PCRE application: September 25, 2021.

Emergency aid or employment insurance?

If the emergency aid is higher than Employment Insurance (EI) based on the calculation, then you are entitled to apply for CRB instead. For those wishing to apply for EI, it is here (having contributed enough hours in insurable employment).

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