Why you would send the CESB back

Your situation may have changed since you first applied or you may have made an honest mistake when applying. Payments made to anyone who is later found to be ineligible will need to be returned. Any individuals who mistakenly received multiple payments or payments they did not apply for can also begin the repayment process below, in How to return or repay the CESB.

You must return or repay the CESB if you:

  • are able to find work and are earning more than $1,000 (before taxes) during an eligibility period you’ve applied for
  • applied for CESB and later found that you are not eligible
  • received more than what you are entitled to

View each 4-week eligibility period in a calendar:

    •  May 10 to June 6, 2020
    •  June 7 to July 4, 2020
    •  July 5 to August 1, 2020
    •  August 2 to August 29, 2020

Recognize CESB repayment scams

Beware of fraudulent emails, texts or calls claiming to be from the CRA about repaying the CESB or requesting personal information.

For more on what to expect when we contact you, and what information we ask for, go to Protect yourself against fraud.

How to return or repay the CESB

You can return or repay your CESB payment online or by mail.

If you were paid by direct deposit or don’t have the original CESB cheque
If you still have the original CESB cheque

Impact on your taxes

The CESB is taxable. This means you will need to report any amounts you received from the CESB on next year’s income tax return.

You will receive a T4A tax slip for the amount of CESB you receive. The tax slip will also be available in your CRA My Account for the 2020 tax year.

If you repay the CESB before December 31, 2020, the CRA won’t include the amount you’ve repaid on your T4A slip.