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Canada: Recovery benefits for individuals, proposed extensions (COVID-19)

Canada: Recovery benefits for individuals

The Canadian government proposed extending for more weeks certain recovery benefits that provide economic relief for those individuals whose employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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Three temporary recovery benefits—the Canada recovery benefit (CRB), Canada recovery sickness benefit (CRSB), and Canada recovery caregiving benefit (CRCB)—were introduced to help individuals who required income support but did not qualify for employment insurance (EI), effective 27 September 2020.

The proposed changes would:

  • Extend the maximum duration of CRB and the CRCB to 38 weeks (from 26 weeks)
  • Extend the CRSB to four weeks (from two weeks)
  • Extend EI regular benefits so they are available to a maximum of 50 weeks (from a maximum of 26 weeks), for claims that are made between 27 September 2020 and 25 September 2021.

The government also proposed to allow self-employed workers who opted in to the EI program to access special benefits, to use a threshold of $5,000* of net self-employment income in 2020 (compared to the previous threshold of $7,555). This change would be retroactive to claims established as of 3 January 2021 and would apply until 25 September 2021.

Read a February 2021 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Canada

*$=Canadian dollar

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