Summary of Current Federal Supports

Use the links to find current information about eligibility and how to apply.

 

Canada Recovery Benefit

The Canada Recovery Benefit is for workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI; it is worth $500 per week for up to 38 weeks. You will need to re-apply every two weeks, and can claim up to a total of 38 weeks between Sept 27, 2020 and Sept 25, 2021. You must have experienced a 50% loss of your usual income.

 

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit provides compensation for workers who are ill or who must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19. It provides $500/week, up to 4 weeks. Benefit is $450 after taxes are withheld, and you must reapply for each week.

 

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit is for workers who are unable to work because they are caring for a child, dependent or family member because schools or daycares are closed due to COVID-19. The benefit is $500 per week ($450 after $50 in taxes is withheld). You may receive benefits for a total of 38 weeks (do not have to be consecutive) between Sept 27, 2020 and Sept 25, 2021.

 

Employment Insurance

  • CERB and EI were blended and reconfigured effective September 27. CERB has been discontinued.
  • Period for which you may receive EI benefits has been increased to 50 weeks from 26 weeks
  • Please take note that these benefits (as was the case with CERB) will be taxable when you file your 2020 taxes, and you may owe a portion of your benefits. Some tax will be deducted at source (that is, deducted from the amount you receive).

 

2020 Taxes

  • Benefits received to support Canadians during COVID are taxable on your 2020 taxes.
  • Information on what slips you will receive, how to report your benefit income, and what to do if you encounter a problem.

 

Child Care

  • November 30: The Economic Update promised a one-time increase to the Canada Child Benefit of up to $1200 for 2021.

 

Long Term Care

  • November 30: The Economic Update promised $1 Billion for a Safe Long Term Care Fund. There were few details, but it is understood the money will go to provinces who agree to a number of federal terms and conditions.

 

Support for Disabled Persons

A special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who were certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows:

  • $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate.  
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

 

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

  • This program has now concluded. There is no opportunity for retroactive applications.

 

Canada Student Service Grant

  • This program did not proceed.

 

Canada Summer Jobs Program/Internships

  • The 2021 Canada Summer Jobs program launched on December 21. 120,000 jobs will be funded, both full and part time, between April 26, 2021 and February 26, 2022. Employers may receive up to 75% of the provincial minimum wage; not-for-profits may receive up to 100%. The portal for employer applications closed on January 29, 2021. 
  • Consult the summary of student support jobs funding.

 

Canada Student Loan Payments

  • The deferral of Canada Student Loan payments ended at the end of September. Payments must now resume.
  • However, interest will not be charged on Student Loans or Apprentice Loans in 2021.

 

Support for Seniors

  • A one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the OAS, and an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the GIS. 
  • To see the Aid to Seniors announcement.