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Canada Retroactive CERB will still be available despite questions over rules: official

01:36  02 october  2020
01:36  02 october  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Questions about the CERB . Who is eligible. The Benefit is available to workers: Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old You are not eligible for the CERB if you are still working. You may be eligible for EI maternity and parental benefits when your maternity and parental leave begins.

A universal application for the CERB became available via a secure web portal on April 6th. To apply online, applicants need to have a CRA My Account. However, those who elect for direct deposit of the CERB will receive their payments within three business days.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will remain available retroactively until early December.

a screen shot of a computer: The federal government is looking to increase the amount of the new benefit set to replace CERB. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini The federal government is looking to increase the amount of the new benefit set to replace CERB. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

A federal government official on Thursday clarified the availability of the retroactive portion of the program, the rest of which began wrapping up last weekend and will officially end on Saturday.

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CERB is available to employees, people who are self-employed, contract workers, and parents who were receiving on Employment Insurance Note that CERB payments are taxable income. This means that many people who are receiving CERB will have include this money when they file their taxes.

The CERB program has been extended for an additional 4 weeks. Under the previous rules , you could only Both of these services (CRA MyAccount and the telephone service) will be available 21 hours a day EI is administered by Service Canada while CERB will be managed by the Canada Revenue

The clarification came after NDP MP Jenny Kwan raised concerns during question period on Thursday, saying one of her constituents had tried to apply online for retroactive CERB payments on Sept. 29 after learning the program was ending, but was told he could not do so.

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"When we looked into this, the CRA agent told my office that on Sept. 28 they received direction to limit the retroactive payment," Kwan said.

"There was no public warning whatsoever of this change and is contrary to what the government's own public website states. This is utterly unfair and unacceptable."

While the CERB program itself is wrapping up, individuals who realize they are retroactively eligible for the benefit because of coronavirus impacts between March 15 and Oct. 3 can still apply until Dec. 2.

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Facing some criticism over benefit programs that exclude many businesses and individuals, Trudeau said the government's goal was Morneau said any business applying for the benefit must designate someone with control over the company's finances. (The CERB program is retroactive to March 15.)

Since the launch of the CERB almost four months ago, there have been many questions about eligibility and the nuances of the The first thing worth pointing out is that the CERB program has been extended so that it will now provide benefits of 0 a The benefit is available from March 15 to Oct.

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While Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen didn't directly answer Kwan's question on Thursday, a government official told Global News the spending authorities for the retroactive component of the program are in the coronavirus benefits bill passed by MPs this week.

The official said the authorization for the government to spend on CERB expired on Sept. 27 but the new authorizations will kick in once Bill C-4 receives royal assent.

They said that means anyone looking to apply retroactively can get approved once the bill passes.

The bill is currently before the Senate, which is expected to begin debate on it on Friday.

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