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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.

The CRA encourages Canadians to file their tax returns by June  1, 2020 or as soon as possible in order to receive the right amount of benefits based on their 2019 tax return, and in order to ensure continuity of benefits beyond September 2020. Allow up to 5 business days after the scheduled benefit or credit payment date before calling us. If your 2019 return is not filed and assessed by early September 2020, your estimated payment will stop in October 2020 and you will have to repay the estimated amounts issued to you starting in July 2020.

Benefits, credits and support

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Temporary income support for workers who have stopped working or are earning less than $1,000 (before taxes) in a month due to COVID-19. It provides a payment of $2,000 for a 4-week period for up to 16 weeks.

Call 1-833-966-2099 to speak to an agent about CERB.
COVID-19 financial support

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

CEWS provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020, as a result of COVID-19. Eligible employers can apply using CRA My Business Account, Represent a Client or the Web Forms application.

Call 1-833-966-2099 to speak to an agent about CEWS.
COVID-19 financial support

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

Temporary financial support for eligible post-secondary students and graduating high school students who are unable to work due to COVID-19.

Call 1-833-966-2099 to speak to an agent about CESB.
COVID-19 financial support

Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

Eligible individuals who are presently receiving the Canada child benefit (CCB) will continue to receive these payments based on their 2018 tax return information in the event their required 2019 income tax return is not assessed by September 2020. Canadians who normally receive the CCB got a one-time payment increase of an extra $300 for each child on May 20, 2020.

Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs)

The minimum withdrawals requirement from RRIFs will be reduced by 25% for 2020, in recognition of volatile market conditions and their impact on many seniors' retirement savings.

GST/HST credit

Eligible individuals who are presently receiving the GST/HST credit will continue to receive these payments based on their 2018 tax return information in the event their required 2019 income tax return is not assessed by September 2020. The one-time supplementary GST/HST credit payment was issued on April 9, 2020.

Old Age Security Return of Income (OASRI)

Old Age Security payments to non-resident seniors have been temporarily extended if their 2019 OASRI has not been assessed. To avoid an interruption in benefits, seniors are encouraged to submit their 2019 OASRI as soon as possible and no later than October 1, 2020.

Get your payments faster with direct deposit

Register for direct deposit in your CRA My Account for the quickest and most reliable way to get benefit and credit payments.

You can also sign up for direct deposit or change your account information through many financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and trust companies.

New Sign up for Direct Deposit through your financial institution

Protect yourself against fraud

Beware of fraudulent emails, texts, or calls claiming to be from the CRA about repaying your emergency relief benefits or requesting personal information.

For more on what to expect when we contact you, and what information we ask for, go to Protect yourself against fraud.

If you have concerns, contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Benefit reviews by the CRA are on hold

Benefit reviews are on hold until further notice. If you received a letter from CRA that includes a deadline to respond or asks for documents, you do not need to take any action right now. CRA will contact you again when the situation changes.

If you are a benefit recipient whose payments have been stopped or adjusted after a review and you have sent in the requested documents, your account will be processed as a priority. Keep your documents in case they are chosen for review in the future.

Learn more: What to do if the Canada Revenue Agency reviews your benefits

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