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CRSB Loophole That Allows Non-Essential Travellers To Claim $1K Is Set To Be Closed

It was heavily criticised by some government officials. ✈️
CRSB Loophole That Allows Non-Essential Travellers To Claim $1K Is Set To Be Closed

A government official has revealed that the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) loophole that allowed quarantining travellers to claim $1,000 will be closed.

Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc told CBC News that the current system “makes no sense at all” and said the federal government will move to close the loophole.

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The idea that you can voluntarily decide to disrespect public health advice, go on an international trip and come back and, because you have to quarantine, somehow apply for a sickness benefit makes no sense at all. Dominic LeBlanc

Last week, it was revealed that travellers quarantining in Canada could apply to get the CRSB, even if their reason for travel was discretionary. 

This prompted criticism from some of Canada’s leading politicians.

LeBlanc acknowledged the backlash, admitting that claiming the benefit after a personal holiday — against public health advice — was “abuse” of the CRSB.

The benefit is intended for those who are unable to work at least 50% of their workweek due to COVID-19 health concerns, like testing positive for the illness or self-isolating due to contact with it.

Those who meet the criteria can claim $500 for up to two weeks.

"These people need an income replacement when they stay home not to go to work to protect the public. It's not meant to be a bonus for some irresponsible trip you took," the government official said.

"We'll ensure that that loophole is plugged quickly and we'll have more to say in a couple of days," he added.

Per CBC News, the fix is likely to require legislation, which means the House of Commons will need to be sitting.

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