Sign in
EN - Money

Trudeau Confirms That Almost 9 Million Canadians Claimed The CERB In 2020

Although some may have been asked to repay it.
CERB Was Claimed By Almost 9 Million Canadians In 2020 Confirms PM Trudeau

As part of his end-of-year statement, the prime minister has confirmed that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 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 laid out his plans for the 12 months ahead.

Editor's Choice: Trudeau Says There's A 'Sense Of Hope' As He Shares His Plans For Canada In 2021

8.9 million Canadians claimed the CERB

As part of the statement, the PM discussed how the federal government supported Canadians who 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 CERB have now closed, the Liberal leader promised to continue to provide income support through the government’s new recovery benefits.

This includes options like the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

Although Trudeau says millions of Canadians claimed the CERB, many thousands of those people may have to repay the money.

In December, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirmed that 441,000 individuals had been contacted about returning the benefit. 

Stay Informed
Get Ottawa's latest and greatest stories every day straight to your inbox.

Narcity may receive a small commission if you purchase something we recommend in this article, which was created by the Narcity Shop team. Items are in stock and prices are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Sweater weather has finally arrived in Canada and I for one couldn't be happier. Along with stylish shackets and warm flannel sheets, we want to make sure you're as comfy as possible this fall. That's why we've put together this list of some of the softest and coziest sweaters the internet has to offer!

Keep Reading Show less

A Guinness World Record has just been bestowed upon a very, very tall Canadian teen, and he truly stands head and shoulders above most of us.

Hailing from Quebec, 15-year-old Olivier Rioux clocks in at a neck-ache-inducing 7 feet, 5.33 inches tall, which has earned him a place in the 2022 edition of the Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living male teenager. That makes him taller than any of the Toronto Raptors players.

Keep Reading Show less

Justin Trudeau Just Promised To Crack Down On 'Mobs' Protesting In Health Care Settings

If elected, he says the Liberals would move to criminalize blocking health care buildings.

With anti-vaccine protests taking place all over the country on September 13, the federal leaders have finally weighed in and Justin Trudeau is not holding back.

"The Liberal Party of Canada, if reelected to form government, will make it a criminal offence to block access to buildings that provide health care," said Trudeau while in Vancouver on September 13. "Whether that's hospitals, clinics, abortion clinics, pharmacies, testing centres, it is not OK that across the country, hospitals are having to put up barricades today to manage the mobs coming their way."

Keep Reading Show less

We all know that our country is full of diverse natural beauty and cityscapes, and the best cities in Canada have just been announced by Travel+Leisure.

The publication asked readers to rate cities based on their "sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value," and these Canadian destinations have been ranked as the top five in the country.

Keep Reading Show less