Type of Program:
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:
May 7, 2022
Applicants must meet all the following conditions for the 1-week period they are applying for:
must confirm that they are currently registered with the CRA and set up direct deposit, before they apply;
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;
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.
must apply online through CRA My Account or by phone.
Employee applicants might be asked to provide:
- 1recent pay slips;
- 2employment verification letter, including salary, if accessible online;
- 3record of Employment;
- 4bank statements showing name, address, and payroll deposit.
Self-employed applicants might be asked to provide:
- 1invoice for services rendered that includes: the service date, who the service was for, and the name of the individual or company;
- 2receipt of payment for services provided (a statement of account or bill of sale showing a payment and the remaining balance owed);
- 3documents showing income earned from a "trade or business" as a sole proprietor, an independent contractor, or a partnership;
- 4any 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:
- 1statement of benefits;
- 2bank statements showing, name, address, and benefit deposit.
Other Things to Note:
CRSB extends to May 7, 2022
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