Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they’re 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.

If you’re eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period.

If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 2 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the CRSB, you must meet all the following conditions for the 1-week period you are applying for:

  • You are unable to work at least 50% of your scheduled work week because you’re self-isolating for one of the following reasons:
    • You are sick with COVID-19 or may have COVID-19
    • You are advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19
    • You have an underlying health condition that puts you at greater risk of getting COVID-19.
  • You did not apply for or receive income from the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), short-term disability benefits, workers’ compensation benefits or Employment Insurance (EI) benefits during a specific 2-week period being claimed
  • You reside in Canada, and you were present in Canada
  • You are at least 15 years old and have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • You earned at least $5,000 (before deductions) in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before the date you apply from any of the following sources:
    • employment income
    • self-employment income
    • maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits
  • You are not receiving paid leave from your employer for the same period

What is included in employment or self-employment income:

For this calculation, self-employment income is your revenue minus any expenses incurred to earn the self-employment revenue.

Employment and/or self-employment income includes, among other things:

  • 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)

Do not include the following in the calculation:

  • Disability benefits
  • Pensions
  • Student loans and bursaries
  • Maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits
  • Any Canada COVID-19 emergency or recovery benefits

More details can be found here