Canadians Have Now Made Over 830,000 CERB & CESB Repayments To The CRA

All of the repayments were voluntary.💰
CERB & CESB Repayments: Over 830,000 Returns Have Been Made To The CRA
Senior Editor

As changes to Canada’s COVID-19 benefits continue to be made, thousands of Canadians have submitted CERB and CESB repayments.

According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), per CBC News, more than 800,000 returns have already been made.

This includes the return of CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) and CESB (Canada Emergency Student Benefit) payments.

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830,000 Repayments made to the CRA

While the CRA confirmed that all of these repayments were voluntary, they noted that many were returned due to confusion about eligibility for the different benefits.

A spokesperson for the CRA explained, “There are various reasons why voluntary repayments have been made.”

For instance, if an applicant applied for CERB from both Service Canada and the CRA at the same time, found out that they were not actually eligible for the money, or went back to work sooner than they expected.

Several politicians are now using this figure to illustrate how many Canadians appear to have been confused by the government benefits and their eligibility for the funding.

The exact amount of money that has been returned so far has not been shared by the CRA.

Helena Hanson
Senior Editor
Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Media, leading the Travel and Money teams. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.