An Online Petition Is Calling On Canada's Government To Scrap CERB Repayments
Leading politicians are asking for the same thing!💰
Withjust around the corner for thousands of Canadians, a petition has been set up online calling on the government to scrap the repayment plan.
In November, the Canada Revenue Agency revealed that up tomay be asked to repay the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), ideally before December 31.
Signatures at the time of writing
Some of those asked to return the money may havewhile others may have of the original application form.
Now, a petition has been set up on Change.org, urging the CRA and the federal government to stop calling for repayments for those who were misled or confused by the application's wording.
The online document claims that the income criteria for self-employed people was unclear during the application process, leading many Canadians to mistakenly believe they were eligible for the benefit.
Many of those people are now being asked to repay the money, with some owingin CRA repayments.
At the time of writing, the petition had 1,135 signatures.
Members of the public aren’t the only ones calling for the government to hold off.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh urged the Liberal government toand admit they made a mistake and were “wrong.”
Similarly, Green Party Annamie Paul said the CERB applicationand asking them to repay during the pandemic would be "heartless, unreasonable and unfair."
While officials have made it clear they’ve gotthey say they’re offering flexible repayment plans and won’t charge penalties or interest to those who incorrectly applied in good faith.