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Emergency money need

If you have nowhere to stay, need money urgently to pay rent, are fleeing abuse, or have other urgent money needs, these benefits can help.

Important

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital. You can also find local distress centres and crisis organizations that can help you by visiting Crisis Services Canada.

Common emergency money need benefits

Federal

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

Up to $450 per 1-week period.

Tax filing required

Federal

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19.

Up to $450 per 1-week period.

Tax filing required