Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) – update and increase in the maximum number of weeks available

Published: March 18, 2021


The CRB, introduced on September 27, 2020, provides $500 per week to workers who do not qualify for EI, who earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or 2020 and who are unable to return to work or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. The program will last for one year.

Claimants will need to repay $0.50 of the benefit for each dollar of their annual income above $38,000 in the calendar year, up to a maximum of the amount of benefit they received. The $38,000 threshold will not include amounts received under the benefit. The benefit will be taxable.

In February, the program was amended to increase the maximum number of weeks for which the CRB can be claimed from 26 to 38 weeks.