Government of Canada – Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) (2022)

  • This program is currently closed.


The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) provides income support for employed or self-employed individuals who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period and applicants may apply for a maximum of 13 periods.


Applicants must meet all the following conditions for the 2-week period they are applying for:

  • be employed or self-employed individuals ;
  • have not been employed or self-employed for reasons related to COVID-19, or must have had a 50% reduction in their average weekly income compared to the previous year due to COVID-19;
  • not have applyied for or received any of the following: Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), short-term disability benefits, Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, Québec Parental Insurance, Plan (QPIP) benefits;
  • not be eligible for EI benefits;
  • reside in Canada;
  • have been present in Canada;
  • be at least 15 years old;
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN);
  • have earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before the date they apply from any of the following sources: employment income (total or gross pay), net self-employment income (after deducting expenses), maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits;
  • have not quit their job or reduced their hours voluntarily on or after September 27, 2020, unless it was reasonable to do so;
  • have been seeking work during the period, either as an employee or in self-employment;
  • have not turned down reasonable work during the 2-week period you’re applying for.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

Employee applicants might be asked to provide:

  1. recent pay slips;
  2. employment verification letter, including salary, if accessible online;
  3. record of Employment;
  4. bank statements showing name, address, and payroll deposit.

Self-employed applicants might be asked to provide:

  1. invoice for services rendered that includes: the service date, who the service was for, the name of the individual or company;
  2. receipt of payment for the service or services provided (a statement of account or bill of sale showing a payment and the remaining balance owed);
  3. documents showing income earned from a “trade or business” as a sole proprietor, an independent contractor, or a partnership;
  4. any other document that will confirm they earned $5,000 in employment or self employment income.

Applicants that receive provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or parental leave, might be asked to provide:

  1. statement of benefits;
  2. bank statements showing, name, address, and benefit deposit.

Other Things to Note:

The CRB closed to retroactive applications on December 23, 2021. You can no longer apply for this benefit.


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