The federal government has announced plans to increase the amount of time that individuals can receive income support through its COVID-19 recovery benefits.
CANADA RECOVERY BENEFIT AND CANADA RECOVERY CAREGIVING BENEFIT
12 weeks will be added to the eligibility periods for these programs, which will max out at 38 weeks:
- The Canada Recovery Benefit provides $1,000 ($900 after tax) per each two-week period to eligible applicants who are not entitled to Employment Insurance benefits and are unemployed due to COVID-19 or have had their income reduced by 50% due to COVID-19.
- The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefits provides $500 ($450 after tax) per week to eligible applicants who are unable to work at least 50% of their scheduled work week because they are caring for a child under 12 years old or a family member that requires supervised care.
CANADA RECOVERY SICKNESS BENEFIT
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit will provide $500 ($450 after tax) per week for four weeks (up from two weeks) to those 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.
Employment Insurance eligibility is being expanded, allowing qualified applicants to claim up to 50 weeks of benefits, up from 26.
Prior to the announcement of these programs being extended/expanded, many Canadians would have stopped receiving these benefits by late March.
Visit the Government of Canada's webpage on COVID-19 benefits and services for full details and program eligibility requirements.