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Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

How to apply

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Before you apply

Answer these questions to ensure your application will be quick and easy:

File your income taxes

Have you filed your 2019 and 2020 income taxes?

April 30, 2021: Due date to file your 2020 taxes (employees)
June 15, 2021: Due date to file if you or your spouse or common law partner is self-employed

  • Yes
  • No

    Have you applied for CRB period 21 (July 4 to 17, 2021) or an earlier period?

    • Yes
    • No

Confirm you are currently registered with the CRA

Do you have a CRA My Account? (CRA's online application)

  • Yes

    Are you able to successfully log in?

    • Yes
    • No, I am locked out
    • No, I can’t remember my CRA user ID or password
  • No

    Have you filed your 2019 or 2020 income taxes?

    • Yes
    • No

Set up direct deposit

Direct deposit payments take about 3 to 5 business days. A cheque takes about 10 to 12 business days.

Is your direct deposit information up to date with the CRA?

  • Yes
  • No, I want to set it up
  • No, I prefer to receive my payment by cheque

Check impact on your social assistance benefits

Do you receive any provincial or territorial Social (Income or Disability) Assistance?

  • Yes
  • No

If you earn more than $38,000

You may have to reimburse some or all of your benefit payment if you earn over $38,000 in the calendar year.

To determine how this may impact you, go to:

If you earn over $38,000

When you can apply

You may start applying on the first Monday after the 2-week period you're applying for has ended. Applications do not renew automatically.

You must apply for each period separately. You may apply for any period you are eligible for that is open for application, including up to 60 days after the period has ended.

Determine when to apply

Select your eligibility period

  • Open for application
    • Period 27: September 26 to October 9, 2021
    • Period 28: October 10 to October 23, 2021
  • No longer available
    • Period 1: September 27 to October 10, 2020
    • Period 2: October 11 to October 24, 2020
    • Period 3: October 25 to November 7, 2020
    • Period 4: November 8 to November 21, 2020
    • Period 5: November 22 to December 5, 2020
    • Period 6: December 6 to December 19, 2020
    • Period 7: December 20, 2020 to January 2, 2021
    • Period 8: January 3 to January 16, 2021
    • Period 9: January 17 to January 30, 2021
    • Period 10: January 31 to February 13, 2021
    • Period 11: February 14 to February 27, 2021
    • Period 12: February 28 to March 13, 2021
    • Period 13: March 14 to March 27, 2021
    • Period 14: March 28 to April 10, 2021
    • Period 15: April 11 to April 24, 2021
    • Period 16: April 25 to May 8, 2021
    • Period 17: May 9 to May 22, 2021
    • Period 18: May 23 to June 5, 2021
    • Period 19: June 6 to June 19, 2021
    • Period 20: June 20 to July 3, 2021
    • Period 21: July 4 to July 17, 2021
    • Period 22: July 18 to July 31, 2021
    • Period 23: August 1 to August 14, 2021
    • Period 24: August 15 to August 28, 2021
    • Period 25: August 29 to September 11, 2021
    • Period 26: September 12 to September 25, 2021

Apply online or by phone

Make sure you're properly set up. Refer to: Before you apply.

  1. Apply

    Read the Privacy Statement

    When you apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), your personal information is collected under the authority of the Canada Recovery Benefits Act, which is being jointly administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Your personal information will be used for the purpose of (i) administering your application, and could be used for (ii) issuing a payment to you, (iii) verifying that you meet the program's eligibility requirements, and to (iv) collect any overpayments or erroneous payments that may have been issued to you. Failure to provide information will affect your consideration for benefits.

    Please note that to process your application we will need to access information in your tax file. Your information may also be disclosed to other federal, provincial, territorial or aboriginal government institutions to the extent authorized by law. Failure to provide this information will make it impossible for us to process your application.

    Under the Privacy Act, you have a right of protection, access to and correction of your personal information and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding our handling of your information. Personal information banks for this program are under development and will be available in Info Source.


    Apply using your CRA My Account Register

    Hours of service for CRA My Account

    By phone:
    Contact the CRA to apply by phone or TTY

    The automated phone line is no longer available. You can still apply by phone.

  2. Provide any additional information requested by the CRA

    The CRA will verify your application. If we do not have complete information, your payment may be delayed up to 4 weeks.

    To help avoid delays, file your 2019 and 2020 income tax return.

    If your application needs further validation, we may ask you to provide additional information.

    For more details, go to If your application needs validation

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