The eligibility periods for several personal income
replacement COVID-19 benefits have been extended:
– the previous limit of 26 weeks for the Canada
Recovery Benefit (CRB) and Canada Recovery
Caregiver Benefit (CRCB) will be extended by 12
weeks to 38 weeks;
– the previous limit of two weeks for the Canada
Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will be extended
to four weeks; and
– the normal limit of 26 weeks for Employment
Insurance (EI) benefits will be extended by 24 weeks
to 50 weeks.
In the absence of these extensions, individuals who
transitioned to CRB or EI on September 27, 2020 could have
reached the maximum claim period as early as March 27, 2021.
In addition, self-employed workers
who have opted in to the EI
program to access special benefits
will be able to use a 2020 earnings
threshold of $5,000 compared to
the previous threshold of $7,555.
This change will be retroactive to
claims as of January 3, 2021 and
will apply until September 25, 2021.

More weeks of COVID-19 income support
are now available. Make sure to file your 2020 personal
tax returns to reduce the chance of interruptions in
benefit receipt.

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