Trudeau Confirms That Almost 9 Million Canadians Claimed The CERB In 2020
Although some may have been asked to repay it.
As part of his end-of-year statement, the prime minister has confirmed that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit () was claimed by several millions of Canadians in 2020.
On December 31, Justin Trudeau shared a message that reflected on the year gone by and for the 12 months ahead.
Canadians claimed the CERB
As part of the statement, the PM discussed how the federal governmentwho had lost their income due to COVID-19.
This includes the “8.9 million Canadians who received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit this year,” wrote Trudeau.
While applications for the CERBthe Liberal leader promised to continue to provide income support through the government’s new recovery benefits.
This includes options like the(CRB), the (CRSB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).
Although Trudeau says millions of Canadians claimed the CERB, many thousands of those peoplethe money.
In December, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirmed thathad been contacted about returning the benefit.