SUCCESS: Canadian Government CERB Repayment Requests

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada has provided urgently-needed income support to millions of Canadians, which has helped them put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads during this crisis. The CFM would like to thank the federal government for their commitment to continuing to provide support Canadians throughout this crisis. Please read the letter of gratitude that the Creative Industries Coalition has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other ministers and colleagues accross the government who corrected issues raised about the repayment of CERB benefits for self-employed workers. Click here for link to letter.

The Government of Canada announced that self-employed individuals who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and would have qualified based on their gross income will not be required to repay the benefit, provided they also met all other eligibility requirements. The same approach will apply whether the individual applied through the Canada Revenue Agency or Service Canada.

This means that, self-employed individuals whose net self-employment income was less than $5,000 and who applied for the CERB will not be required to repay the CERB, as long as their gross self-employment income was at least $5,000 and they met all other eligibility criteria.

Some self-employed individuals whose net self-employment income was less than $5,000 may have already voluntarily repaid the CERB. The CRA and Service Canada will return any repaid amounts to these individuals. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.

Please follow the link for full information: Government of Canada News Release

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