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Canada Recovery Benefits Act (S.C. 2020, c. 12, s. 2)

Act current to 2021-06-03 and last amended on 2021-03-17. Previous Versions

Canada Recovery Benefits Act

S.C. 2020, c. 12, s. 2

Assented to 2020-10-02

An Act establishing the Canada recovery benefit, the Canada recovery sickness benefit and the Canada recovery caregiving benefit to support Canada’s economic recovery in response to COVID-19

[Enacted by section 2 of chapter 12 of the Statutes of Canada, 2020, in force on assent October 2, 2020.]

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Canada Recovery Benefits Act.

Definitions

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Act.

COVID-19

COVID-19 means the coronavirus disease 2019. (COVID-19)

Her Majesty

Her Majesty means Her Majesty in right of Canada. (Sa Majesté)

medical practitioner

medical practitioner means a person who is entitled to practise medicine under the laws of a province. (médecin)

Minister

Minister means the Minister of Employment and Social Development. (ministre)

nurse practitioner

nurse practitioner means a registered nurse who, under the laws of a province, is entitled to practise as a nurse practitioner — or under an equivalent designation — and to autonomously make diagnoses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe substances and treat patients. (infirmier praticien)

week

week means the period of seven consecutive days beginning on and including Sunday. (semaine)

PART 1Canada Recovery Benefit

Marginal note:Eligibility

  •  (1) A person is eligible for a Canada recovery benefit for any two-week period falling within the period beginning on September 27, 2020 and ending on September 25, 2021 if

    • (a) they have a valid social insurance number;

    • (b) they were at least 15 years of age on the first day of the two-week period;

    • (c) they were resident and present in Canada during the two-week period;

    • (d) in the case of an application made under section 4 in respect of a two-week period beginning in 2020, they had, for 2019 or in the 12-month period preceding the day on which they make the application, a total income of at least $5,000 from the following sources:

      • (i) employment,

      • (ii) self-employment,

      • (iii) benefits paid to the person under any of subsections 22(1), 23(1), 152.04(1) and 152.05(1) of the Employment Insurance Act,

      • (iv) allowances, money or other benefits paid to the person under a provincial plan because of pregnancy or in respect of the care by the person of one or more of their new-born children or one or more children placed with them for the purpose of adoption, and

      • (v) any other source of income that is prescribed by regulation;

    • (e) in the case of an application made under section 4 in respect of a two-week period beginning in 2021, they had, for 2019 or for 2020 or in the 12-month period preceding the day on which they make the application, a total income of at least $5,000 from the sources referred to in subparagraphs (d)(i) to (v);

    • (f) during the two-week period, for reasons related to COVID-19, other than for reasons referred to in subparagraph 17(1)(f)(i) and (ii), they were not employed or self-employed or they had a reduction of at least 50% or, if a lower percentage is fixed by regulation, that percentage, in their average weekly employment income or self-employment income for the two-week period relative to

      • (i) in the case of an application made under section 4 in respect of a two-week period beginning in 2020, their total average weekly employment income and self-employment income for 2019 or in the 12-month period preceding the day on which they make the application, and

      • (ii) in the case of an application made under section 4 in respect of a two-week period beginning in 2021, their total average weekly employment income and self-employment income for 2019 or for 2020 or in the 12-month period preceding the day on which they make the application;

    • (g) no benefit period, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Employment Insurance Act, was established or could have been established in respect of any week that falls within the two-week period;

    • (h) no income referred to in any of the following subparagraphs was paid or was payable to the person in respect of any week that falls within the two-week period:

      • (i) allowances, money or other benefits paid to the person under a provincial plan because of pregnancy or in respect of the care by the person of one or more of their new-born children or one or more children placed with them for the purpose of adoption,

      • (ii) a Canada recovery sickness benefit or a Canada recovery caregiving benefit, and

      • (iii) any other income that is prescribed by regulation;

    • (i) they sought work during the two-week period, whether as an employee or in self-employment;

    • (j) they did not place undue restrictions on their availability for work during the two-week period, whether as an employee or in self-employment;

    • (k) if they have not previously received any benefits under this Part, they have not,

      • (i) on or after September 27, 2020, quit their employment or voluntarily ceased to work, unless it was reasonable to do so, and

      • (ii) in the two-week period in respect of which their application under section 4 relates and in any of the four two-week periods beginning on September 27, 2020 that are immediately before that two-week period

        • (A) failed to return to their employment when it was reasonable to do so if their employer had made a request,

        • (B) failed to resume self-employment when it was reasonable to do so, or

        • (C) declined a reasonable offer to work in respect of work that would have started during the two-week period;

    • (l) if they have previously received any benefits under this Part, they have not,

      • (i) on or after the first day of the first two-week period for which any benefits were paid to them under this Part, quit their employment or voluntarily ceased to work, unless it was reasonable to do so, and

      • (ii) in the two-week period in respect of which their application under section 4 relates and in any of the four two-week periods beginning on September 27, 2020 that are immediately before that two-week period

        • (A) failed to return to their employment when it was reasonable to do so if their employer had made a request,

        • (B) failed to resume self-employment when it was reasonable to do so, or

        • (C) declined a reasonable offer to work; and

    • (m) they were not, at any time during the two-week period, required to quarantine or isolate themselves under any order made under the Quarantine Act as a result of entering into Canada or

      • (i) if they were required to do so at any time during the two-week period, the only reason for their having been outside Canada was to

        • (A) receive a medical treatment that has been certified by a medical practitioner to be necessary, or

        • (B) accompany a person who has been certified by a medical practitioner to be incapable of travelling without the assistance of an attendant and whose only reason for having been outside Canada was to receive a medical treatment that has been certified by a medical practitioner to be necessary, or

      • (ii) if, as a result of entering into Canada, they were required to isolate themselves under such an order at any time during the two-week period, they are a person to whom the requirement to quarantine themselves under the order would not have applied had they not been required to isolate themselves.

  • Marginal note:Income from self-employment

    (2) For the purpose of paragraphs (1)(d) to (f), income from self-employment is revenue from the self-employment less expenses incurred to earn that revenue.

  • Marginal note:Program of instruction or training

    (3) For the purpose of paragraph (1)(j), a person has not placed undue restrictions on their availability for work if they attended during the two-week period a course or program of instruction or training that they were referred to by a provincial government or body.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (4) The Governor in Council may, by regulation, fix a lower percentage for the purpose of paragraph (1)(f).

 
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