Changes to Payment Amounts and Eligibility Periods

Prepared by: Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Current as of: July 30, 2021


The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency.

The CRB gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

What’s new?

  1. If you have previously applied for the CRB:
  2. Eligible CRB recipients can now apply for a maximum of 54 weeks (27 two-week periods) between September 27, 2020 and October 23, 2021
  3. The payment amount for the first 21 periods (or 42 weeks) will continue to be $1,000 ($900 after taxes are deducted) for each two-week period
  4. However, after 21 periods, the payment amount will decrease to $600 ($540 after taxes) for each two-week period
  5. If you are applying for your first period on or after Period 22 (July 18 to July 31, 2021):
  6. The payment amount will be $600 ($540 after taxes) for each two-week period
  7. If eligible, you may re-apply every two weeks until the end of Period 28 (October 23, 2021)

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