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2021 Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) | How to Apply Step-By-Step

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The Canadian Government introduced Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) in October 2020 to replace the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This is a Canadian benefit program for people who do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI). If you are looking for instruction on how to apply for CRB, you are in the right place.

As many Canadians still feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and require financial support, CRB is a good program to temporarily help directly affected families survive financially. On October 5, 2020, the application for CRB was opened but some people still haven’t applied yet.

If you are new to applying for CRB and need help on how to apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit, read this article to learn more information.

Do You Qualify for CRB

If you qualify for the Canada Recovery Benefit, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes) every 2 weeks for a duration of up to 26 weeks depending on your situation. The application for CRB is open between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

Knowing if you qualify for the CRB program is the most important part. Read on to know more information on how to qualify and how to apply for the CRB.

Eligibility Criteria:

During your application period, you must experience the following to qualify:

  1. You were not working for reasons related to COVID.
  2. Or You are experiencing a 50% reduction in your average weekly income compared to the previous year due to COVID.

To qualify for the CERB program, your average weekly income must be less than the average weekly income in 2019, 2020, or the last 12 months depending on the period you are applying in.

What is Included in the calculation of your weekly income?

  • Tips you may earn while working
  • Non-eligible dividends
  • Honoraria (such as nominal amounts paid to emergency service volunteers)
  • Royalties (such as those paid to artists)

What are NOT included in the calculation?

  • Pensions
  • Student loans and bursaries
  • Maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits
  • Any Canada COVID-19 emergency or recovery benefits (CERB not included in the calculation)

During the same eligibility period, you should have NOT received the following benefits:

  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
  • Short-term disability benefits
  • Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
  • Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits

Other Criteria:

  • Canadian Resident (You live and have a home in Canada)
  • At least 15 years of age
  • Have a valid SIN (Social Insurance Number)
  • You earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020, or the 12 months before applying for:

*Employment Insurance

*Net Self-Employment income (after deducting expenses)

*Maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits

  • You did not voluntarily quit your job.

How to Apply for CRB (Step-by-Step)

Below are steps that will guide you on how to apply for CRB.

Step #1 Register to the CRA Website

If you haven’t registered yet with the CRA, you may click this link to register your information to the My Account Portal.

If you have applied for CERB or CESB before, you can use the same to access your “CRA My Account For Individuals”

Step #2 Set Up a Payment Method

The CRA is encouraging you to set up a direct deposit as it takes faster to receive the payments compared to a cheque.

While a cheque can take up to 10-12 business days, direct deposit payments could take as fast as 3-5 days only.

Step #3 Apply Online or by Phone

Online

Sign in to your “CRA My Account

By Phone

  • Call the automated Toll-Free Line: 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041
  • You will need to verify your identity by confirming your SIN, date of birth, and postal code.
  • The hours you can call are between 6 am to 3 am (Eastern Time) from Monday to Sunday

Step #4 Eligibility Validation

CRA will validate your application including the information you provided to ensure that the payments are provided to people who are most in need.

In some cases, CRA will ask you to provide additional information or documents to confirm your eligibility.

This could include the following documents:

  1. Recent payslips
  2. Employment verification letter
  3. Record of employment
  4. Bank statements showing name, address, and payroll deposits

CRA will not issue your payment until they receive your response along with the documents that they require to process your application.

Note that this benefit is not an automatic recurring payment, which means you need to re-apply every period for you to be able to receive the benefits continuously.

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