Canada: Proposed recovery benefits for individuals, employment insurance measures (COVID-19)

Canada: Proposed recovery benefits for individuals

Bill C-4 proposes measures to provide relief for individuals who may not qualify for employment insurance and, in light of the winding down of a program (Canada emergency response benefit—CERB), would provide economic relief for those individuals whose employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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Bill C-4 introduces three new temporary recovery benefits that the federal government previously proposed and 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:

  • The Canada recovery benefit (CRB)
  • The Canada recovery sickness benefit (CRSB-Sickness)
  • The Canada recovery caregiving benefit (CRCB-Caregiving)

These temporary recovery measures were originally included in Bill C-2, which did not proceed past First Reading. Bill C-4 reintroduces the measures with modified qualification requirements for the CRSB-Sickness.

Bill C-4 received First Reading on 28 September 2020.

The federal government's August 2020 announcement proposed a minimum employment insurance benefit rate of $400* per week for new claimants as of 27 September 2020. The news release that accompanied Bill C-2 mentioned that the government intends to establish a minimum weekly benefit rate of $500 for new employment insurance recipients—which is in line with the revised CRB.

Read a September 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Canada

*$=Canadian dollar

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