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International travellers to lose out on Canada Recovery Benefits

International travellers to lose out on CRB

Canadians who travelled internationally may not be eligible to receive support for their quarantine period

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The government says it will propose legislation so that international travellers who need to quarantine upon return to Canada will not be eligible to receive support from any of the Canada Recovery Benefits during their mandatory quarantine. These benefits include the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB). The government's proposed legislation, which will be retroactive to January 3, 2021, is intended to discourage Canadians from disregarding public health advice not to travel.

Background

The CRB, CRCB and CRSB are intended to support eligible individuals who may not qualify for Employment Insurance or who are unable to fully return to work due to reasons related to COVID-19.

New legislation

The government says that this proposed legislation will apply to all international travelers who need to quarantine upon return to Canada, including those returning from vacation, visiting loved ones, or attending to real estate matters abroad. Health care workers and other individuals who are exempt from mandatory quarantine requirements (under the Quarantine Act) will still be eligible to apply for these benefits.

Individuals applying for the CRB, CRCB, or CRSB for a period beginning on or after January 3, 2021 will need to indicate whether they self-isolated or were in quarantine due to international travel. The CRA says that, for individuals who self-isolated or were in quarantine because of international travel, processing claims will be delayed over the coming weeks until the legislation is enacted to ensure those who receive the benefit meet the latest eligibility criteria.

For more information, contact your KPMG advisor.

Information is current to January 18, 2021. The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's National Tax Centre at 416.777.8500

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