To help you sort out the multitude of government programs that started and ended in the last couple of years, we have outlined them here.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit CERB: You may remember this benefit. It came out in March of 2020 to help those who couldn’t work due to lockdowns. This benefit is now closed.
Canada Recovery Benefit CRB: This benefit took over where CERB left off at the end of 2020 to replace salaries lost due to reduced hours from lockdowns. This benefit was closed in December 2021.
A few specialized benefits were also launched. These focused on more individual circumstances.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit CESB: This benefit was to help post-secondary or recently graduated post-secondary students who could not find work due to Covid-19. This benefit ran through the summer of 2020 but was then closed.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit CRCB: This was designed for those who had to take time off work to stay home with children or a sick family member. This benefit can still be applied until May 7, 2022.
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit CRSB: Just like it sounds, this benefit is to replace your income for weeks where you were sick or self-isolating due to Covid-19. You can apply for CRSB until May 7, 2022.
Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit CWLB: This benefit is available to help replace your salary in cases where a provincial lockdown has prevented you from going to work. This is available to employees and self-employed individuals. It is open until May 7, 2022.
Please see COVID-19 benefits and services – Canada.ca for more information.