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Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

If you get an error when you apply

You may get an error code when you apply for the CRB. Follow the instructions in the error message to resolve the issue.

You will be asked to provide additional information if your application needs validation.

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If you get code COV-040 when you apply

You may get this error if you already applied for your maximum 27 periods (54 weeks) for the CRB. You cannot apply for any more CRB periods.

You only applied for the last 6 periods

You may have been prevented from applying for the last CRB period even though you were eligible. This would only affect you if you first applied for the CRB starting at period 22 (July 18 to 31, 2021) and got code COV-040 when you applied.

This issue was resolved on October 29, 2021. If you are eligible for period 28 (October 10 to 23, 2021), you can apply for it until December 22, 2021.

If you get code COV-026 when you apply

You may have an open EI benefit period with Service Canada. Even if you were denied EI or are no longer receiving EI payments, an open EI benefit period will prevent you from being able to apply for the CRB.

Find out if you have an open EI benefit period with Service Canada

Service Canada administers the EI program. Choose an option to get details about your EI benefit period.

Sign in to My Service Canada Account (MSCA): Option 1 of 2

Using GCKey or your bank

Contact Service Canada (EI): Option 2 of 2

By phone or by mail

If you have an open EI benefit period

You are not eligible for the CRB if you are eligible to get EI benefits, or have an open EI benefit period.

Your EI benefit period must end before you can apply for the CRB. To find the end date of your claim, you can sign in to MSCA or contact Service Canada.

When your EI benefit period has ended, return to the CRB eligibility criteria to make sure you meet all the other criteria.

If you do not have an open EI benefit period

You may be blocked for another reason. Follow the instructions in the error message you receive to resolve the issue.

We also recommend that you review the eligibility criteria.

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