CERB money was welcomed at the start of the pandemic, but now, it could be causing headaches for those who have to pay it back.
On November 25, 2021, Service Canada announced it would be reaching out to some CERB recipients to let them know they must make a repayment.
The CERB repayments will affect people who got advanced payments and then went back to work before those advanced (or additional) payments were reconciled.
Also, because the government worked to get money to Canadians as quickly as possible, some people may have received it who were ineligible – and the CRA says that it will need to be returned.
There’s an easy way to know if you can expect a call from Service Canada, and there’s even an online quiz that can help.
Check out the Return or repay a payment section of the CERB website. Scroll down until you see this part:
This “quiz” works like a customized FAQ page, directing you to take action or consult the agency that you need to get in touch with.
It’s important to remember how you applied for the CERB: through the CRA or Service Canada.
Repayments need to be sent back to the agency from which you received the money. So if you applied through the CRA, repayments get sent back to them, not Service Canada.
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The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is over now, and it supported 8 million Canadians who were financially affected by the pandemic, getting payments of $2,000 directly to those who needed it.
Right now, there’s nothing that replaces the program since The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) just ended on October 23, 2021.
Support remains available for Canadians and businesses facing financial hardship due to #Covid19, including extended and targeted benefits and programs that will help create jobs.
— Finance Canada (@FinanceCanada) November 25, 2021