Benefits, credits, and financial support: CRA and COVID-19
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.
Open Employed and self-employed individuals who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic 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 the COVID-19 pandemic 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 the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for CRSB.
Open Businesses, non profits, and charities that are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent and property expenses.
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 until December 2, 2020.
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Benefits, credits and support
Claim a deduction for certain home office expenses on your personal income tax return.
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.
If you didn’t file your 2018 tax return, you didn’t receive the one-time increase to the CCB payment in May 2020. But it’s not too late! If you are late in filing your 2018 tax return, we encourage you to file as soon as possible. You may be eligible for retroactive benefits and credit payments. The only way to get your benefits and credits, including the one-time increase to the CCB payment, is by filing your 2018 tax return.
If you didn’t file your 2018 tax return, you didn’t receive the one-time additional GST/HST credit payment in April 2020. But it’s not too late! If you are late in filing your 2018 tax return, we encourage you to file as soon as possible. You may be eligible for retroactive benefits and credit payments. The only way to get your benefits and credits, including the one-time additional GST/HST credit payment, is by filing your 2018 tax return.
The minimum required withdrawal for RRIFs has been reduced by 25% for 2020.
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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