Federal Relief

Federal Relief Measures

  • Employment Insurance (EI) changes to provide greater accessibility, including waiving the waiting period and medical certificate requirement.
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit combines previously announced benefits and covers all workers who have lost their job or are quarantined, sick, or caring for family member(s) or children.
  • Family benefits for low- and modest-income families including increases to the GST credit and child tax benefit, both to be paid in May.
  • Canadian Student Loan six-month interest-free moratorium on repayments. Tax filing deadlines deferred until June 1, with payment deadlines extended until after August.
  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care.
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are 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.

    Last updated: 15 October 2020