Demand some CERB recipients repay scrapped by federal government

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OTTAWA — Thousands of Canadians told they’d have to repay federal emergency benefits are getting reprieves.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says those who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit based on their net incomes, not their gross, won’t have to cut the government a cheque.

Thousands of repayment letters went out last year to self-employed Canadians.

They’d been told that to qualify for the CERB they had to have earned at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months before they applied.

But how to calculate that income became a sticking point, with confusion over whether it meant income before or after expenses were deducted.

In turn, upwards of 400,000 people were told they’d have to repay because they weren’t in fact eligible for them.

Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

4 COMMENTS

  1. Another vote buying scheme. Can’t have the recipients mad at the government that has botched everything pertaining to this pandemic. Yes, everything.

  2. sad thing people that earned ui in 2019 which has to be claimed as income, and had started a job, only to be laid off because on the covid fiasco, and liberals vague rules are asked to pay back………..good luck with that………….friggin lieing liberals

  3. That’s an $8,000,000,000 shrug.. & a huge slap in the face, for those of us who ultimately bear the cost of this ‘fraud’ perpetrated against the Canadian tax-payers.

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