Canada: Extensions of recovery benefits for individuals (COVID-19)

Canada: Extensions of recovery benefits for individuals

Legislation enacted on 17 March 2021 extends and expands certain coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery benefits and employment insurance (EI).

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The legislation increases the number of weeks available for benefits under the Canada recovery benefit (CRB), the Canada recovery sickness benefit (CRSB), the Canada recovery caregiving benefit (CRCB), and employment insurance (EI). The legislation also adds a condition that international travelers 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, subject to certain exceptions.

The amendments:

  • 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.

In addition, self-employed workers who have opted into the EI program to access special benefits are now able to use a 2020 earnings threshold of $5,000* (previously $7,555). This change is retroactive for claims established as of 3 January 2021 and applies until 25 September 2021.

*$ = Canadian dollar

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