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Canada's Revenue Agency saw $7.6 billion in claims for emergency cheques to support the employed and other struggling businesses, according to Blacklock's Reporter.
The Liberal employment minister does not believe these claims constitute fraud due to the dire economic circumstance the country finds itself in. "We know how very honest Canadians are," she said.
"We’re asking people to truthfully state if they stopped working because of Covid-19, and people are more concerned about being overly honest in Canada"
"You know, our fraud levels just aren’t high and we know this from other government programs," added the minister.
Last week, the Trudeau government passed emergency benefit legislation in order to protect the economy whilst millions of Canadians find themselves out of work.
This allows Canadians to claim $2,000 to $8,000 per week until October. Those who filed for these benefits had to promise that they had lost all income over the last 14 days.
Despite the $7.6 billion being an unprecedented amount of money, the Trudeau government budgeted some $24 billion for the program. It is unclear whether this will need a top up.
So far, the Canadian Revenue Agency has processed over 2 million claims with their deposits coming 72 hours to ten days after their initial claim was accepted.