The CERB was a critical support for many workers impacted by pandemic closures. For low-wage workers, the benefit funds were likely used to cover critical expenses. As such, it's unlikely that Canadians living below the poverty line will have money set aside for their pending CERB tax bill.
This new analysis finds that while The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) more than offset lost income for the poorest 10% of families, there will still be 422,000 CERB recipients below the poverty line in 2020 (Market Basket Measure)—208,000 of them because they owe taxes on the CERB.
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