Canadians have made almost 190,000 repayments of Canada emergency response benefits they weren’t entitled to receive, according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit provides a monthly, taxable payment of $2,000 for up to four months to Canadians who have lost income because of COVID-19.
When a claimant is found to be ineligible, they are contacted to make arrangements to repay an amount.
The CRA has information on its website to explain how people can repay the CERB and as of June 3rd, nearly 190,000 payments were made through the portal.
The CRA is also examining 600 tips it received about the potential abuse of CERB and other COVID-19 benefits.
While the CRA says that the vast majority of Canadians are honest, they note that they have effective systems in place to manage the small number of people who submit fraudulent claims and will “aggressively” pursue tax evasion and fraud with all the tools available.