Details of the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), which supports workers who are not eligible for EI.
Latest Update - October 19th, 2020: Anyone who applied for the CRB before October 16th, 2020 and received [error] code 026 is being encouraged by the CRA to reapply from October 19th. Applicants are also encouraged to review EI eligibility criteria.
Latest Update - October 12th, 2020: The Canada Recovery Benefit opened for applications on October 12th, 2020.
What is the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)?
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) is a benefit of $1,000 per two weeks ($900 after taxes withheld) for up to 26 weeks. It is available to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support.
You can apply for the CRB through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) from October 12th, 2020 for one year for up to 13 two-week periods between September 27th, 2020 and September 25th, 2021.
Who is Eligible?
The CRB supports Canadians who have not returned to work due to COVID-19 or whose income has dropped by at least 50%, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).
You must be available and looking for work, and must accept work where it is reasonable to do so.
- Applications open: October 12th, 2020
- First eligibility period: September 27th to October 10th, 2020 (Period 1)
- Final eligibility period: September 12th, 2021 to September 25th, 2021 (Period 26)