Did you get 2 CERB payments? It is not a mistake, minister says

Since applications opened for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), some Canadians woke up to find two separate payments from the government in their bank accounts. 

For some this may cause some panic and worry, however Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos clarified on Wednesday that there is no need to panic and the two payments are legitimate payments from the government. 

To understand what’s going on and why some Canadians are getting two payments from the government it is important to review what and how the CERB program works. 

As explained by Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos, through CERB Canadians will receive “$2,000 per four weeks. So, there are Canadians that received a retroactive payment dating from March 15, because that’s when the benefit can be applied”. 

“So, from March 15 to April 11, this is the first four-week period, during which a $2,000 payment would have been made. The second payment would apply for the following period after April 11” added the Treasury Board President. 

However, the Treasury Board President reminded Canadians that through the CERB program, Canadians would only receive $2,000 per month and that the two payments only happened due to the retroactive payment from March 15. 

In the coming days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be making changes to the CERB program, which pays $2,000 every month for up to four months for workers who have lost their income as a result of the deadly COVID-pandemic. The changes to the program seek to allow for more Canadians to be eligible for the benefit. 

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