COVID-19 benefits and services

Benefits to help Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

The Government of Canada has increased the number of weeks of benefits available for workers eligible for Employment Insurance regular benefits, as well as for the Canada Recovery Benefit, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit. This increase will ensure that Canadian workers who could begin to exhaust these benefits in March will continue to have access to income support while the economy is further recovering.

The Government has also implemented changes to eligibility for the recovery benefits for international travelers who need to quarantine or isolate upon their return to Canada, including people returning from vacation. These changes are retroactive to October 2, 2020.

Services and information

Employment Insurance (EI)

Employment Insurance (EI) has changed to support more Canadians through the pandemic.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Income support if you are self-employed or are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Income support if you must stop work to care for dependents due to closures, high risk and caregiver availability.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Up to 4 weeks of support if you are sick or must self-isolate due to COVID-19.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

A wage subsidy for Canadian employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Rent and mortgage support for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.

Consult the COVID-19 benefits available to you

Answer questions about your personal situation and find the benefits that may help you.

COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

All financial support and services for individuals, businesses, and industries affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Closed

The CERB has ended on December 2, 2020. You can no longer apply for this benefit.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) Closed

The CESB ended on September 30, 2020.

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