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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.

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.

Benefits, credits and support

Benefit amounts on your T4A slip

Report benefit amounts on your 2020 tax return and resolve issues with your T4A slip.


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.


Home office expenses for employees

Claim a deduction for certain home office expenses on your personal income tax return.


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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