Some Canadians who received pandemic unemployment benefits will be notified that they must repay some of the aid they received last year.
Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit was rolled out as the pandemic raged during a historic labor market slump – three million jobs lost and two million hours cut. an advance on the first four weeks to help households with sudden income loss.
The idea is to adjust the payment at some point during CERB availability, which is why many pre-recipients have seen a reduction in benefits over the summer of 2020.
The government now says there are still people who owe some or all of the $2,000, namely those who have not received aid or have not collected CERBs for at least 20 weeks.
Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said anyone in need would receive a flexible repayment schedule and there would be no penalties or interest on overpayments.
“Canadians will not find themselves in financial difficulty having to repay emergency benefits they have received,” Qualtrough said in a statement.
People who owe money will receive a notice from Service Canada outlining how much they owe, the repayment process, and how they can appeal the decision.
This Canadian Press report was first published on November 25, 2021.