Government of Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada - Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit

Provides income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child 12 years old and younger or a family member who needs supervised care.

Service offers:

  • financial assistance when school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19, or because they're sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19
  • $500 for each 1-week period
  • available for 42 weeks until October 23, 2021
Yes, Service targeted to:
  • individuals unable to work at least 50% of scheduled work week because they are caring for a family member
  • individuals caring for a child ages 12 and younger
  • individuals caring for a family member who needs supervised care because:
    • their school, daycare, day program, or care facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19
    • their regular care services are unavailable due to COVID-19
    • they are sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19
    • they are at risk of serious health complications if they get COVID-19, as advised by a medical professional self-isolating due to COVID-19
Application Process
Service Access: See below, To access service: 
  • visit Canada Reveue Agency website to apply online
  • call 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041 to apply 
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

Direct deposit can be expected in 3-5 business days. Mailed cheques can be expected in 10-12 business days.

Toll Free
1-800-959-2019 (Application Line)
Toll Free
1-800-959-2041 (Application Line 2)
Web Site
Fee: No
Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: No
Wheelchair access: N/A - Other disabled access: N/A -
Legal Status
Federal Government
Last Updated On
October 28, 2020
Hours of Operation
04:00 AM - 01:00 AM
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