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Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Who can apply

If you are eligible for the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period.

To apply for the CRCB, you must meet all the eligibility criteria and be employed or self-employed on the day before your first application period.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the CRCB, you must meet all the following conditions for the 1-week period you're applying for:

    Who can advise a person under your care to self-isolate
    • a medical practitioner
    • a nurse practitioner
    • a person in authority
    • the government
    • your public health authority
  • Definition

    You live and have a home in Canada, but do not have to be a citizen or a permanent resident.

    What counts towards the $5,000
    • Counts as income:
      • All employment or self-employment income, including:
        • tips
        • non-eligible dividends
        • honoraria (nominal amounts paid to volunteers)
        • royalties (payments to artists)
    • Does not count as income:
      • disability benefits
      • student loans, bursaries or scholarships
      • social assistance or family support payments
      • Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Québec Pension Plan (QPP), or other pension income
      • Old Age Security (OAS) payments
      • amounts from these COVID-19 benefits:
        • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
        • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
        • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
        • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
        • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
        • Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)
  • What is considered a household for this benefit

    A group of people who live together as a family unit at the same address

  • Exceptions

    This does not apply to you if you were isolating because:

    • you travelled for medical treatment certified by a medical practitioner
    • you accompanied a person who is not able to travel without help from an attendant to get medical treatment certified by a medical practitioner
    • you are an essential worker who travelled for reasons normally exempt from quarantine when you return to Canada (such health care workers or truck drivers who need to cross the border for work) but were required to this time

    If one of these exceptions applies to you and you meet all other eligibility criteria, call the CRA to apply:

You need all of the above to be eligible for the CRCB.

If you’re not eligible for CRCB

If you still need financial support, review other options at COVID-19 benefits and services.

Note: Incarcerated individuals in prison or other institutions are not likely to meet all the above eligibility criteria.

Verifying your eligibility

The CRA will verify that you're eligible to receive the CRCB. Individuals who are found to have intentionally made fraudulent claims may face additional consequences, such as penalties or possible jail time.

To report suspected misuse, go to: CRA's Leads program.

If information is missing from your application, we may need you to provide additional documentation to validate your application and complete the process.

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