Government of Canada – Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) (2022)

Description:

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period. The maximum number of weeks you can apply for also increases to 6 weeks. Applicants can apply retroactively for periods 61 to 63 until February 16, 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:

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, and the name of the individual or company;
  2. receipt of payment for 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:

CRCB extends to May 7, 2022.

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