COVID-19: Canada Recovery Benefit

Provided by: Government of Canada - Canada Revenue Agency - AKA: CRA

Service Description

Provides income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. Those eligible can:
  • Receive $1000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period
  • Continue to apply every 2 weeks for a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) covering the period September 27, 2020 to September 25, 2021
Applications opened October 12, 2020 but individuals can apply for back payments to September 27, 2020 so that there was no gap in financial support when the CERB ended.

Note: Applicants can be employed or self-employed while receiving the benefit but the income cut off is $38,000. For every dollar of net income above $38,000, $0.50 will have to be reimbursed to the CRA on income tax returns for that year (2020 or 2021).


Employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

For every two week period that is being applied for, individuals must:

-Have had at least a 50% reduction in average income compared to the previous year or not been working due to COVID-19

-Have not received or applied for:
*Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
*Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
*Short-term disability benefits
*Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
*Workers' Compensation benefits
*Quebec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits

-Reside in Canada (live and have a home in Canada, but do not have to be a citizen or a permanent resident)

-Be present in Canada

-Be at least 15 years of age

-Have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)

-Earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before applying. This can include income from other benefits or employment (employed is total/gross pay and self-employment is net pay)

-Must not have quit your job due to reduced hours on or after September 27, 2020 unless it was reasonable to do so

-Were seeking work and have not turned down reasonable work during the period being applied for

See website for full details on eligibility.
No fees
How to Access:
Apply online (applications are done through CRA My Account) or by phone * Applicants must reapply every 2 weeks if they need continued coverage, to a maximum of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) covering September 27, 2020 to September 25, 2021
Documents Required:
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Program Hours:
Apply by phone or online Monday-Sunday 7am-4am AST
Program Phone Numbers:
English * French
Coverage Area:

Service Locations & Contact Info

    • No physical address,
      • Coverage Area:
      • Disabilities Access:
        Not applicable
      • Toll-free phone lines are answered Monday 9am-9pm and Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm * Closed weekends and holidays
        CRA online and automated services are available 21 hrs a day. Closed for maintenance daily 4am-7am
    • COVID-19 Benefits: General Information
      Call for general information about benefits
    • COVID-19 Benefits: CRA Account Information
      Call for account information related to benefits or to report a security incident related to your CRA online account
    • COVID-19 Benefits: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
      Call if you have concerns about a call or email you received about your benefits
    • COVID-19 Benefits: Service Canada
      Call if your Social Insurance number has been stolen