Canada Recovery Benefits Unavailable if You Have Not Filed Your Taxes For 2019 and 2020

The Canada Recovery Benefits (CRB) are now unavailable to people who have not filed their 2019 and 2020 tax returns. This is according to recent changes to the government of Canada’s website on the criteria of receiving the Canada Recovery Benefits (CRB). This means you need to file your taxes to keep qualifying for the emergency benefit. However there are some exceptions below.

Canada Recovery Benefits Unavailable – Exceptions

A recent news article noted some exceptions to this which are listed below:

  • A 2019 or 2020 tax return won’t be required if you applied for fewer than 21 periods since September 27, 2020.
  •  You applied for the time period of July 4 to 17, 2021, or during earlier time periods.


If you have been collecting the Canada Recovery Benefits or might be planning on applying for it in the new future, you will need file your taxes. The government has this as one of it’s criteria when you apply. So there is no way around it. However, there are exceptions as mentioned above but it is limited. The government has been hinting at this and now it is here. So now we must adjust.

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