Amount:

$500

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) per household for a 1-week period.
The maximum number of weeks you can apply for also increases to 44 weeks. One can apply retroactively for periods 61 to 63 until February 16, 2022 if eligible.


When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

May 7, 2022

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet all the following conditions for the 1-week period they are applying for:

  • be employed or self-employed individuals; 
  • be unable to work at least 50% of their scheduled work week because they are caring for a family member;
  • be caring for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care because they are at home for one of the following reasons:
  • their school, daycare, day program, or care facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19;
  • their regular care services are unavailable due to COVID-19;
  • the person under their care is: i) sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, ii) at risk of serious health complications if they get COVID-19, iii) as advised by a medical professional or self-isolating due to COVID-19.
  • have not have applied for or received any of the following: Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB), short-term disability benefits, Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, Québec Parental Insurance, Plan (QPIP) 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;
  • be the only person in their household applying for the benefit for the week;
  • not be receiving paid leave from their employer for the same period.
  • not be self-isolating or in quarantine due to international travel.

Applications Steps:

1

must confirm that they are currently registered with the CRA, set up direct deposit and check impact on their social assistance benefits (any provincial or territorial Social (Income or Disability) Assistance), before they apply;

2

may start applying on the first Monday after the 1-week period they are applying for has ended, including up to 60 days after the period has ended. Applications do not renew automatically;

3

must apply for each period separately. One may apply for any period they are eligible for that is open for application, including up to 60 days after the period has ended. 

4

must apply online through CRA My Account or by phone.

Documentation Needed:

Employee applicants might be asked to provide:

  1. 1
    documents (letter, notification, email) showing the person under their care is unable to go to school, daycare, day program or care facility due to COVID-19;
  2. 2
    recent pay slips;
  3. 3
    employment verification letter, including salary, if accessible online;
  4. 4
    record of Employment;
  5. 5
    bank statements showing name, address, and payroll deposit.
  6. 6
    Form T182 Supporting information for the CRCB application (only if requested).

Self-employed applicants might be asked to provide:

  1. 1
    documents (letter, notification, email) showing the person under their care is unable to go to school, daycare, day program or care facility due to COVID-19;
  2. 2
    invoice for services rendered that includes: the service date, who the service was for, and the name of the individual or company;
  3. 3
    receipt of payment for services provided (a statement of account or bill of sale showing a payment and the remaining balance owed);
  4. 4
    documents showing income earned from a "trade or business" as a sole proprietor, an independent contractor, or a partnership;
  5. 5
    any other document that will confirm they earned $5,000 in employment or self employment income.
  6. 6
    Form T182 Supporting information for the CRCB application (only if requested).

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

  1. 1
    documents (letter, notification, email) showing the person under their care is unable to go to school, daycare, day program or care facility due to COVID-19;
  2. 2
    statement of benefits;
  3. 3
    bank statements showing, name, address, and benefit deposit.
  4. 4
    Form T182 Supporting information for the CRCB application (only if requested).

Other Things to Note:

CRCB extends to May 7, 2022.

About the author 

Maurice

Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.

Tags

You may also like

Research and Development Grants for Ontario Businesses (2021): 23 Government Incentives to Boost Your R&D

Research and Development Grants for Ontario Businesses (2021): 23 Government Incentives to Boost Your R&D
Success message!
Warning message!
Error message!