GST credit payments to low-income earners to arrive one month earlier


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will deliver more aid to low-income Canadians through the GST credit a month sooner than planned.

The government initially announced the money would be available in May, but Trudeau now says the money will be delivered this month.

Every qualifying adult will receive up to $300, plus $150 for each child.

Additional help is expected to arrive this month in the form of a new emergency benefit valued at $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

An association representing Canada’s banks says they will help clients enrol for direct deposit from the Canada Revenue Agency, or update their account information with the federal agency, to speed up payments of federal financial aid.

Online applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit open April 6, and anyone already approved for employment insurance benefits is supposed to be automatically moved over to the new benefit with no need to reapply.