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Who qualifies for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and how do I apply?

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Who qualifies for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and how do I apply?
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Who qualifies for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and how do I apply?
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October 10, 2020
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The Canadian government created the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) for people who don't have paid sick leave and:

  • get COVID-19, or 
  • have to isolate or miss work because of COVID-19. 

It is for people who do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI). 

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The first day that you can get CRSB money for is September 27, 2020. You will be able to apply for this money starting on October 5, 2020. It gives $500 a week for up to for 2 weeks. It will only be available for one year.

You apply for the CRSB one week at a time through your online CRA MyAccount. You must wait to apply until after you've missed work for one week. And you must apply within 60 days of missing work. 

Who will qualify

To qualify for the CRSB, all of the following must apply to you: 

  • you live in Canada, are at least 15 years old, and have a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • you have a job or are self-employed on the day before you would get a CRSB payment
  • you earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months before you apply
  • you're not getting paid sick leave or disability benefits during the weeks that you apply for
  • you're not eligible for EI

Usually, the people who qualify for the CRSB will be self-employed or independent contractors, sometimes called gig workers. These people are not eligible for EI.

To qualify, you must also lose at least 50% of your time at work for the weeks that you apply for because:

  • you have COVID-19 or might have COVID-19,
  • a medical professional told you that you're more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the average person, or
  • your employer, medical professional, or public health authority told you to isolate because of COVID-19.

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