During this global pandemic, almost all of us have had to change our routine work. In addition, due to the increasing spread of the new variant, Omicron, the Canadian Government has introduced some new health measures.
What is Canada's Recovery Caregiving Benefit?
CRCB is an income support program to support those people who are unavailable to work because they have to look after their child (under 12 years) or some other family member who requires supervised care.
Who can apply for CRCB?
To be eligible for Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, you need to meet the following requirements:
Unable to work:
When you cannot complete at least 50% of your weekly work because you have to take care of a family member.
"Navigating the COVID-19, we are just clambering into a life raft. Dryland is far away". -Marc Lipsitch
The need to supervise your family member
If the child is under 12 years of age, and they cannot be supervised at a school, daycare because it's being closed due to pandemic. Or some other family member diagnosed with COVID-19 or is at a greater risk of being contracted with it. And lastly, if the caregiver is unavailable.
If you are a resident in Canada and are living in Canada for one week of applying, then you are eligible to apply for CRCB.
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You must be at least 15 years old to apply for Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).
Have a valid SIN
You can apply for CRSB if you have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN).
"This is something that affects everyone, because either you have someone in your family who may be affected, a friend, or you." -Jacinda Ardern
How much do you get?
Through CRCB, you can get payment of $500 (before taxes withheld) for one week per household. Out of $50, CRA deducts 10% tax from this amount, so you get $450 for one week. Only one person living in the same household can receive payment for CRCB. Each eligible family may receive payments for a maximum of 44 weeks.
How to apply?
There are ways to apply for CRSB. Such as:
- Through online process
- Through phone
- Some bullet points here
When to apply?
You can apply on the first Monday after the 1-week period you are using for has ended. After that, for each week, you have to apply separately. After that, you can apply for any period valid up to 60 days after the period has ended.
Let's take some action!
The pandemic has altered our lifestyles. All of us have used to washing our hands repeatedly, wearing masks, and keeping a distance from each other. The only new thing is the addition of vaccinations. But we have to speed that up to control the pandemic effectively. So, utilize the health measures, apply now for CRCB to support your loved ones in these challenging times.