Before you apply

You will have to answer a series of questions to determine your eligibility to CRB.

Confirm you are currently registered with the CRA

Have you applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) with CRA before?
Have you ever filed a Canadian tax return?
Do you have a CRA My Account? (CRA’s online application)
Are you able to successfully log in?

Set up direct deposit

Direct deposit payments take about 3 to 5 business days. A cheque takes about 10 to 12 business days.
Is your direct deposit information up to date with the CRA?

If you use direct deposit, the payments will take about 3 to 5 business days to be deposited into your bank account.

Check impact on your social assistance benefits

Do you receive any provincial or territorial Social (Income or Disability) Assistance?

When you can apply

You may start applying on the first Monday after the 2-week period you’re applying for has ended. Applications do not renew automatically.

You must apply for each period separately. You may apply for any period you are eligible for that is open for application, including up to 60 days after the period has ended.

If you earn more than $38,000

You may have to reimburse some or all of your benefit payment if you earn over $38,000 in the calendar year.

To determine how this may impact you, go to:

If you earn over $38,000

Apply online or by phone

Make sure you’re properly set up. Refer to: Before you apply.

  1. Apply
    Read the Privacy Statement
    Sign in to your CRA My Account Register

    Hours of service for CRA My Account

    By phone:
    Call the automated toll-free line

CRA may need to validate your application before issuing your payment

The CRA is validating applications to ensure that payments are available for people who need them most.

When you apply, we may ask you to provide additional information. Only some people will need to do this, but you may want to prepare before you first apply.

How long it takes

Validation takes up to 4 weeks from the date we receive your additional information.

If your situation is more complex and the information you provide is not clear or documents are missing, it may take up to 8 weeks.

If your application needs validation, CRA may ask you to provide the following items.

If you are or were an employee
  • Recent pay slips
  • Employment verification letter, including salary, if accessible online
  • Record of Employment
  • Bank statements showing name, address, and payroll deposit
If you are or were self-employed
  • Invoice for services rendered that includes:
    • the service date
    • who the service was for
    • the name of the individual or company
  • Receipt of payment for the service or services provided (a statement of account or bill of sale showing a payment and the remaining balance owed)
  • Documents showing income earned from a “trade or business” as a sole proprietor, an independent contractor, or a partnership
  • Any other document that will confirm you earned $5,000 in employment or self employment income
If you receive provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or parental leave
  • Statement of benefits
  • Bank statements showing, name, address, and benefit deposit


How to submit your validation documents


Submit your documents through CRA My Account

By fax

Send your documents by fax

Your application may take up to 4 weeks to process from the date we receive your complete response. We will contact you once the validation is complete.