As CERB wraps up there are some new supports in place to assist people through these trying times. One of those benefits is the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB).
The new Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit is effective from September 27, 2020 for one year, and provides $500 per week (($450 after taxes withheld), for up to 26 weeks per household to eligible Canadians.
It is also important to note that if a facility is available but you are keeping your dependent home due to preference, you are NOT entitled to CRCB.
There’s also a Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) of $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19. It has also expanded the eligibility criteria for the sick leave benefit so that it applies not just to individuals who contract Covid-19 but also to those with underlying health conditions or other illnesses, including the flu or the common cold, that makes them more susceptible to Covid-19.
And lastly a Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support. This Benefit would support Canadians who have not returned to work due to COVID-19 or whose income has dropped by at least 50%. These workers must be available and looking for work, and must accept work where it is reasonable to do so.
You cannot claim CRCB or CRSB while on EI or CRB.
All benefits received under the three Canada Recovery Benefit programs are considered taxable income.
You can apply for the Canada Recover Caregiver Benefit through your MyAccount or over the phone at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041, click here for more details.
We hope this information is helpful, and wish you all continued health and endurance during this difficult time.