There’s good news ahead for anybody claiming Canada’s COVID-19 benefits or Employment Insurance (EI) right now!\nIn a statement on March 18, the government confirmed that the maximum number of weeks some benefits are available for will be increased.\nEditor's Choice: This Video Shows Exactly What To Expect If You're Flying Into Canada Right Now\n\nThe legislation that was first laid out by Justin Trudeau in February has now officially been approved.\nIf you’re claiming any of the government’s support benefits, here’s what you need to know.\n⚠️ The #GC has increased the number of weeks available for the recovery benefits and EI regular benefits. For details, visit: https://t.co/cZ1aAXdLuZ pic.twitter.com/Zt8FZn07ka— Employment and Social Development Canada (@ESDC_GC) March 18, 2021\n\nEmployment Insurance\nThanks to Bill C-24, those claiming EI regular benefits will now be able to claim a maximum of 50 weeks.\nThis is an increase of 24 weeks in total for claims made between September 27, 2020, to September 25, 2021.\nThe government says this will “give workers the certainty they need should their job be affected by COVID-19.”\nAdditionally, self-employed workers claiming the benefits will now be able to use a 2020 earnings threshold of $5,000. This is down from the previous threshold of $7,555.\nThe change applies to any claims made as of January 3, 2021 and applies until September 25, 2021.\n\nHas your income been reduced by at least 50% due to #COVID19? If you’re not eligible for Employment Insurance, you might be entitled to the #CanadaRecovery Benefit. Here’s more on eligibility: https://t.co/TrzWMMu1oe #CdnTax pic.twitter.com/0kqOgmf5QD— Canada Revenue Agency (@CanRevAgency) January 13, 2021\n\nCanada Recovery Benefits\nIn addition to Bill C-24, Canada’s recovery benefits are also getting extended.\nThis includes the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).\nBoth the CRB and the CRCB will be increased by 12 weeks, taking the maximum duration of the benefits from 26 weeks to 38 weeks in total.\nThe CRSB, which was originally available for two weeks in total, will now be accessible for four weeks instead. \n“Individuals can access these additional weeks through the Canada Revenue Agency beginning on March 18, 2021,” confirms the government’s notice.\n\nNo. The #CanadaRecoveryBenefits are not intended for those who need to quarantine after returning from travel outside of 🇨🇦.The Government of Canada intends to introduce legislation to change the eligibility rules.➡️ https://t.co/BGsEluHtHw pic.twitter.com/1Ip2zgnfJK— Employment and Social Development Canada (@ESDC_GC) January 11, 2021\n\nWill travellers be impacted?\nAs part of the new legislation, the government is cracking down on people travelling and claiming COVID-19 benefits.\nPreviously, a loophole allowed Canadians who’d travelled abroad to claim the CRSB upon their return.\nThis has now been changed so that “all international travelers who need to quarantine or isolate upon their return to Canada, including people returning from vacation, are ineligible to receive support from any of the recovery benefits for the period of their mandatory quarantine or isolation.”\nThese changes are retroactive to October 2, 2020.\nEligible people who are exempt from quarantine requirements, such as essential workers, will still be able to access the benefits.