New Canada Recovery Benefits: What to expect

New Canada Recovery Benefits: What to expect
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Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Benefit periods

  • 4 week periods/ $2000 - up to a maximum of 28 weeks
  • Apply at the beginning of the period
  • Payments issued at the beginning of the 4-week period
  • Prospective (apply at start of period)
  • Apply retroactively until Dec. 2, 2020
  • 2 week periods $1000 ($900 after tax)
  • Up to a maximum of 26 weeks
  • 1 week periods $500 ($450 after tax)
  • Up to a maximum of 2 weeks
  • 1 week periods $500 ($450 after tax)
  • Up to a maximum of 26 weeks per household
  • Retroactive (apply after period has ended, payments issued after the period)
  • Must apply within 60 days after period has ended

Taxable

No taxes withheld on payments

CRA will withhold 10% of benefit payment amount in taxes

Earning while
on benefits

  • You had stopped working because of COVID-19
  • You could earn up to $1000 per
    period and still keep benefit
  • You were not eligible if you earned more than $1000 during the period
  • You had a 50% reduction in your average weekly income compared to last year due to COVID-19
  • You will have to reimburse $0.50 of the CRB for every dollar of net income you earned above $38,000 for the calendar year

You must have worked less than 50% of your scheduled work week

You must have worked less than 50% of your scheduled work week

Apply

  • My Account
  • Automated phone line
  • My Account
  • Automated phone line

Payments

CRA service standards:

  • 3-5 business days by direct deposit
  • 10 business days by mail
  • Many people received payments in 2 days by direct deposit

CRA service standards:

  • 3-5 business days by direct deposit
  • 10-12 business days by mail
  • Payments will be made within these service standards

Note: In some cases, we may need to ask applicants for more information to verify their applications. It may take us up to 4 weeks to process the applicant’s claim from the date we receive their complete response.

Individuals who make intentionally fraudulent claims for the Canada Recovery Benefits may face consequences, such as penalties or possible jail time.

For more on these benefits and the application process, visit canada.ca/coronavirus

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