Feds say auditors will follow up with CERB recipients on eligibility


Auditors will follow up with Canadians who got $2,000-pandemic relief cheques while claiming to be unemployed, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough made the comment after the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program went 240% over budget. Initially pegged at $24 billion, the final cost of CERB was nearly $82 billion. Qualtrough’s ministry had earlier said there were checks done upfront to make sure applicants were legitimate. The federal cabinet has yet to explain why CERB claimants outnumbered the jobless by millions with unemployment peaking at 2.6-million people in May, according to Statistics Canada, and CERB claimants totaling 8.9 million.

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