Canada's New Rules Will Stop Non-Essential Travellers From Claiming COVID-19 Benefits
Any loopholes are getting closed up.
According to a new statement from the federal government,are getting another update.
On January 11, Employment and Social Development Canada confirmed that any loopholes allowing non-essential travellers to claim money via are set to be closed.
In addition, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will update the application process for theto reflect the updated requirements.
Here’s what you need to know:
What are Canada's travel rules?
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has urged Canadians toincluding vacations.
However, the country has not putin place.
This means that it’s essentially down to Canadians to decide whether or not their trip can be considered essential, with the official rules stating
Despite this, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that the country’s travel adviceand has strongly urged everyone to avoid trips abroad.
Canada’s top doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam, has
Officials have doubled-down on these suggestions recently, particularly after multiple Canadian politicians wereoverseas.
What is the CRSB loophole?
In early January,in one of Canada’s COVID-19 benefits.
Inwith La Presse, Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough’s press secretary, Marielle Hossack, confirmed that the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) could actually be claimed by people quarantining after taking non-essential international trips.
While the benefit is intended for Canadians who areor isolating for essential reasons, the eligibility criteria allowed non-essential travellers to claim during their quarantine period, too.
This meant those who were flouting public health advice by going abroad were able to claim up to $1,000.
The loopholefrom several of Canada’s politicians, who described it as “unacceptable” and “absurd.”
Shortly after, Carla Qualtrough issued a statement promising to
What's the situation now?
In a new statement shared on January 11, the Government of Canada announced changes to the benefit’s eligibility requirements when it comes to travelling abroad.
“The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, along with the other recovery benefits, was never intended to incentivize or encourage Canadians to disregard public health advice,” reads the notice.
To ensure nobody is taking advantage of the benefits, the government has now committed to ensuring all three new COVID-19 benefits do not “incent people to disregard the clear public health advice against travelling abroad.”
Carla Qualtrough is set to propose legislation so that, retroactive to January 3, 2021, international travellerswon’t be able to claim money for the period they’re isolating.
This includes “people returning from vacation, visiting loved ones, and attending to real estate matters abroad.”
There will be some exceptions, such as health care workers who need to cross the border for work.
In addition,will update the eligibility requirements for the benefits on Monday, January 11.
Applicants will now be required to reveal whether they weredue to international travel.