Landlords say poor tenants who received CERB can’t make rent after losing social assistance


he federal CERB program, which is now over, provided temporary income support for people who had lost work due to COVID-19, paying out $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. It was then extended in June for another eight weeks and again in August for four weeks, for a total of 28 weeks. Canadians who had earned more than $5,000 in the previous 12 months were eligible to apply, but applicants weren’t required to provide any proof that they had been laid off or lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Saskatchewan and most Atlantic provinces decided to cut off provincial assistance or claw back payments dollar-for-dollar by the amount recipients got from CERB. Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec instituted partial clawbacks, while British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Yukon allowed people to keep both provincial and federal benefits.

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