On February 19, 2021, the government announced the extension of the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB). The extension will allow workers to take an additional two weeks of benefits, bringing the total maximum benefit to four weeks.
The CRSB provides $500 per week to those who are absent from at least 50% of their typical time at work in a given week because of being ill from COVID-19, self-isolating due to COVID-19, or having a medical condition that would cause them to be more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19.
This benefit is taxable. The CRSB program is in effect from September 27, 2020 to September 25, 2021.