Ottawa to send $2,000 per month to COVID-19-affected Canadians. But will the system be able to keep up?

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The federal government is hiking its direct aid to Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic to $52 billion, mostly by sending $2,000 every month to those affected by the novel coronavirus. But some worry the system won’t be able to keep up with demand. Wednesday, the Finance Minister Bill Moroneau announced that he was repackaging two aid measures announced last week – the Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit – into one, simpler program: the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the new measure will send $2,000 monthly for up to four months straight into the bank accounts of Canadians affected by COVID-19.