Annie Koutrakis
Annie Koutrakis
Member of Parliament for Vimy
Support for Individuals  

The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 support programs are changing. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been phased out and has been replaced by a new temporarily Employment Insurance program, as well as three new income support programs.


Changes to Canada’s Employment Insurance Program

Temporary changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program have been made to better support eligible Canadians who have lost work during the pandemic. Employment Insurance regulations will be amended to temporarily waive the waiting period for EI claimants who establish a new claim between January 31, 2021 and September 25, 2021. This includes claimants of regular, fishing and special benefits. This temporary change will allow people who are applying for benefits to be paid for their first week of unemployment. It will also help ease their heightened financial stress at a time of great uncertainty. Claims will be automatically processed with this new waiver, meaning workers are not required to take additional steps to receive the support they need.

You may be eligible for EI if you:

If you are eligible for EI benefits, you will receive a minimum taxable benefit at a rate of $500 per week, or $300 per week for extended parental benefits.

To learn more and apply for EI benefits, visit:


Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50 per due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Apply for the CRB here


Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The CRCB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household for workers:

Apply for the CRCB here


Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

The CRSB provides $500 per week for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who:

Apply for the CRSB here

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