Amount:

$500

Type of Program:

Grant


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.


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 self-isolating for one of the following reasons:
  • they are sick with COVID-19 or may have COVID-19;
  • they are advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19 by their employer/a medical practitioner/a nurse practitioner/a person in authority/the government/their public health authority;
  • they have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.
  • have not have applied for or received any of the following for the same period: Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), 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;
  • 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 and set up direct deposit, 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. They can apply for any period you 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
    recent pay slips;
  2. 2
    employment verification letter, including salary, if accessible online;
  3. 3
    record of Employment;
  4. 4
    bank statements showing name, address, and payroll deposit.

Self-employed applicants might be asked to provide:

  1. 1
    invoice for services rendered that includes: the service date, who the service was for, and the name of the individual or company;
  2. 2
    receipt of payment for services provided (a statement of account or bill of sale showing a payment and the remaining balance owed);
  3. 3
    documents showing income earned from a "trade or business" as a sole proprietor, an independent contractor, or a partnership;
  4. 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. 1
    statement of benefits;
  2. 2
    bank statements showing, name, address, and benefit deposit.

Other Things to Note:

CRSB 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.
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