The COVID-19 Response Measures Act received Royal Assent on October 2, 2020, providing for several welcome forms of income relief for individuals impacted by COVID-19. Both employers and employees should be aware of these new changes, which are available to individuals ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI) who have had their incomes compromised due to COVID-19. The three new forms of income relief are described below and will be replacing the Canada Emergency Recovery Benefit (CERB), which will be unavailable after September 26, 2020.

 Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Applicants should be advised that these are temporary benefits, available from September 27, 2020 to September 25, 2021. Furthermore, in order to qualify for either of these benefits, they must have had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in 2020, or in the 12-month period prior to their first application.

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