The new Canadian Recovery Benefit (CRB) has been put in place to replace the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was an important and necessary temporary response to support Canadians who stopped working because of COVID-19. As we safely restart Canada’s economy, the Government is transitioning most Canadians who still cannot work to a simplified Employment Insurance program, effective September 27, 2020.
For those who are not eligible to receive EI regular benefits, such as the self-employed, or those experiencing a reduction in income of at least 50% due to COVID-19, the Government is introducing the Canada Recovery Benefit. This temporary benefit will provide $500 per week (taxable) for up to 26 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021. To be eligible for the Benefit, you must be available and looking for work and must accept work, when it is reasonable to do so.
The Government is also introducing the temporary Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit.
One main change for the CRB over CERB is that this payment is retroactive, and does not project into the future. This means that you can only apply for the two weeks that have just passed, not for time periods that are in the future.
To Learn more about the new Canada Recovery Benefit and if you will be eligible to apply, head here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/transition/questions.html