COVID-19: Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

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

Service Description

Provides income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The benefit is done in one week periods.

Eligible applicants can:
  • Receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a one week period
  • Apply for one more week of coverage if the situation continues, up to a total of 2 weeks, between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021

Information

Eligibility:
Employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.

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

-Have been unable to work at least 50% of their scheduled work week because of COVID-19 reasons listed above

-Have not received or applied for:
*Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
*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 some other benefits or employment (employed is total/gross pay and self-employment is net pay)

-Must not be receiving paid leave from your employer for the same period

See website for full details on eligibility.
Fees:
No fees
How to Access:
Apply online (applications are done through CRA My Account) or by phone * Must reapply if a second week of coverage is needed
Documents Required:
Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Program Hours:
Apply by phone or online Monday-Sunday 7am-4am AST
Program Phone Numbers:
Language:
English * French
Coverage Area:
Canada

Service Locations & Contact Info

    • No physical address,
      • Coverage Area:
        Canada
      • 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
      1-833-966-2099
    • 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
      1-800-959-8281
    • COVID-19 Benefits: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
      Call if you have concerns about a call or email you received about your benefits
      1-888-495-8501
    • COVID-19 Benefits: Service Canada
      Call if your Social Insurance number has been stolen
      1-866-274-6627