Details of the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), which supports workers who are not eligible for EI.
What is the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)?
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) provides a benefit of $400 per week, for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are not eligible for EI. This benefit is designed to support the self-employed and those working in the gig economy.
This benefit will be available from September 27th, 2020 for one year. Individuals will be able to apply through the CRA.
More information will follow at www.canada.ca/coronavirus.
Who is Eligible?
The benefit is available to residents in Canada who:
- 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
- Are not eligible for Employment Insurance
- Had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in 2020
- Have not quit their job voluntarily
- Workers apply after every two-week period for which you are seeking income support
- In order to continue to be eligible for the benefit, claimants need to look for and accept work when it is reasonable to do so
- You can earn income from employment and/or self-employment while receiving the benefit, as long as you continue to meet the other requirements. If your annual net income, excluding the Canada Recovery Benefit payment, is over $38,000 you would need to repay some or all of the benefit through your income tax return.
- The benefit is taxable