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Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

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Why you would send CRB back

Your situation may have changed since you first applied or you may have made a mistake when applying. If you are not eligible for the benefit, you will have to return any payments you received. We encourage you to return any payments you received in 2020 that you’re not eligible for before December 31, 2020.

You must return or repay the CRB to the CRA if you:

  • applied for the CRB and later found that you are not eligible
  • received a payment in error
  • are found to have made a fraudulent claim
  • received one of the following for the same eligibility period:
    • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit
    • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit
    • short-term disability benefits
    • workers’ compensation benefits
    • Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
    • Québec Parental Insurance Pan (QPIP) benefits

Review period start and end dates in a calendar.

Individuals who make intentionally fraudulent claims may also face additional consequences, such as penalties or possible jail time.

Recognize repayment scams

Beware of fraudulent emails, texts or calls claiming to be from the CRA about repaying the CRB 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.

How to return CRB to CRA

You can return or repay your CRB payment to the CRA online or by mail.

If you were paid by direct deposit or don't have the original CRB cheque

To repay the CRB, choose one of the following options:

Online with CRA:
Sign in to CRA My Account
Online banking:

With your financial institution:

  1. Sign in to your financial institution's online banking service
  2. Under "Add a payee" look for an option such as: Canada emergency benefit repayment
  3. Enter your 9 digit social insurance number (SIN) as the CRA account number
By mail:

Mail a cheque or money order to the CRA:

  1. Make the payment out to "Receiver General for Canada"
  2. Indicate it is for "Repayment of Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)"
  3. Indicate which eligibility period you are repaying
  4. Include your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  5. Mail your payment:

    Revenue Processing – Repayment of CRB
    Sudbury Tax Centre
    1050 Notre Dame Avenue
    Sudbury ON P3A 0C3

If you still have the original CRB cheque

You can return the cheque by mail.

Be sure to include:

  1. the reason for returning the cheque ("not entitled" or "overpayment")
  2. your Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Mail the cheque to:

Revenue Processing – Repayment of CRB
Sudbury Tax Centre
1050 Notre Dame Avenue
Sudbury ON P3A 0C3

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