Canada’s government is doing everything possible to ensure the federal government’s three new COVID-19 benefits go to the affected people only. These benefits include— the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB). The government has implemented screening measures to prevent malicious people from scamming the system. Over nine million people have received help through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) since March.
The new measures will delay the system, and Senior government officials have urged all the applicants to be patient.
Besides, the officials said the payments would be issued within the Canada Revenue Agency’s service standards. Anyone whose application is flagged for additional review may be required to present documentation to support their case. Applicants have also been asked to complete their 2019 tax returns to avoid inconveniences.
Who are the eligible people?
The people who have stopped working or those whose income dropped by at least 50 percent due to COVID-19 can get the benefits. However, they cannot benefit through employment insurance (EI). Nonetheless, if their annual net income is more significant than $38,000, not including the amount received for the CRB, they must repay the CRB through their income tax at a rate of 50 cents for each dollar over $38,000. Also, Canadians who collected the CERB have been moved onto a more flexible and accessible EI program. If they don’t qualify for EI but still can’t work due to the pandemic, they may be entitled to the three new temporary benefits. Applicants who received CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency will have to apply for EI. Claimants will be required to self-report their employment status and apply every two weeks to get the benefits.