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Benefits, credits, and financial support: CRA and COVID-19

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Financial support is available to Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, including new benefits and credits and changes to existing ones. You may be eligible for support via other financial programs.

If you have not yet filed your 2019 tax return, you will not get the GST/HST credit and CCB payments in October 2020 and you may have to repay the estimated amounts you received since July.

Once your 2019 tax return is filed and assessed, your payments will be reinstated if you’re still eligible for those benefits.

File as soon as possible to avoid any future interruption to your payments. You can also find a free virtual tax clinic where a volunteer can help file your return by phone or online.

Open Employed and self-employed individuals who are affected by COVID-19 and don’t qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits can apply for CRB.

Open Apply for CRCB if you are unable to work because of COVID-19 due to caring for your child or a family member who needs supervised care.

Open Employed or self-employed individuals who are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 can apply for CRSB.

Open Employers can apply to receive part of their employee wages to support staff or bring them back to work.

Ended The CERB has now ended. The CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (August 30 to September 26, 2020).

Closed The CESB closed to applications on September 30, 2020. You can no longer apply for this benefit.

Benefits, credits and support

Resuming business activities

Some CRA programs and services will be returning in September 2020. As a result, you may receive a call or letter from us with a specific call to action.


Benefit reviews by the CRA

The CRA validates eligibility to various benefit programs. A CRA officer may contact you to request further information in order to validate and approve your application.


Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

If you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return, you will not get your CCB payment on October 20, 2020 and you may have to repay the estimated amounts you received in July, August and September.

Once your 2019 tax return is filed and assessed, your payments will be reinstated if you’re still eligible for the CCB.


GST/HST credit

If you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return, you will not get the quarterly GST/HST credit payment on October 5, 2020 and you may have to repay the estimated amount you received in July.

Once your 2019 tax return is filed and assessed, your payments will be reinstated if you’re still eligible for GST/HST credit and related provincial and territorial payments.


Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs)

The minimum required withdrawal for RRIFs has been reduced by 25% for 2020.


Old Age Security Return of Income (OASRI)

Old Age Security payments to non-resident seniors have been temporarily extended even if their 2019 OASRI has not been assessed. Submit your 2019 OASRI before October 1, 2020 to continue your payments.

Sign up for Direct Deposit

Direct deposit is the quickest and most reliable way to get benefit and credit payments. Sign up through My Account or through your financial institution. This includes banks, credit unions and trust companies.

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Protect yourself against fraud

Learn how to recognize a scam and what to expect when the CRA contacts you.

To report a scam, call the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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