COVID-19 Recovery Benefits

These 3 benefits were created to replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). They’re for people who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance (EI). If you qualify for EI, you must apply for that instead. For more information about all COVID-19 and EI benefits, visit https://stepstojustice.ca/covid-19.

Reviewed: August 2021

Recovery Benefits​ There are 3 recovery benefits for people who don’t qualify for Employment Insurance (EI). To qualify for these benefits, you must:

  • be at least 15 years old, live in Canada, and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • have earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020 or in the 12 months before you apply
Who’s eligible Amount and how to apply Notes
Canada Recovery Benefit This is for people who don’t qualify for EI because they’re self-employed or independent contractors. To qualify, you must:

  • have stopped working for 2 weeks, or are earning, on average, 50% less each week
  • look for work during the weeks you apply for
  • $450 or $270 a week for up to 54 weeks (1)
  • wait until you’ve missed work for 2 weeks to apply
  • must confirm that you still qualify every 2 weeks
  1. This means that if you apply:
  • before July 18, 2021, you
    can get 42 weeks of CRB at
    $450 and 12 weeks at $270
  • after July 18, 2021, you get
    only $270 a week
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit This is for people who don’t qualify for EI who are sick or must self-isolate because of COVID-19. To qualify, you:

  • can’t be on a paid sick leave or get money from a workplace sickness benefit
  • must lose at least 50% of your work for the week you apply because of COVID-19 (2)
  • $450 a week for up to 4 weeks
  • wait until you’ve missed work for 1 week to apply
  • must confirm that you still qualify every week

 

 2. This means that:

  • you have COVID-19,
  • your employer or a medical authority told you to self-isolate, or
  • you have a condition that a medical professional has told you puts you at risk from COVID-19.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit This is for people who don’t qualify for EI who can’t work because they need to care for a child or family member for reasons related to COVID-19. To qualify you:

  • can’t be on a paid sick leave or get money from a workplace sickness benefit
  • must lose at least 50% of your work for the week you apply because you’re caring for a child or family member because of COVID-19 (3)
  • $450 a week for up to 42 weeks
  • wait until you’ve missed work for 1 week to apply
  • must confirm that you still qualify every week
3. This could be because:

  • they have COVID-19,
  • they are not able to go to school or their care home because of COVID-19, or
  • their regular caregiver is unavailable because of COVID-19.

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