The Trudeau Liberals' CERB program paid out $635,980,000 in pandemic relief to high school students, including those in grade nine, an Access to Information record obtained by Blacklock's Reporter shows.
According to CRA data, $81.3 million was paid to 15-year-olds. $185 million was paid to 16-year-olds. $369.2 million was paid to 17-year-olds, data shows.
“Figures are stated for applicants who applied for the CERB through the Canada Revenue Agency’s My Account portal and the interactive voice response system,” the CRA said. “These numbers also include manual applications.”
The 317,990 high school students "includes multiple applications for more than one period from a single applicant," wrote staff.
CERB gave $2,000 a month to people who had "stopped working" due to the pandemic, so long as they made at least $5,000 with the last year and did not quit their job voluntarily.
The loose requirements for the CERB led to heavy discussion in Cabinet. Liberal MPs said that the CERB benefit was designed to get people "enough money to pay for groceries or rent" rapidly.
"The fact there are some people who are committing fraud or that there are accidents is a problem," said Morneau in July. "We’re going to have to come back to those problems. For those people who are committing fraud, that’s not acceptable. We are going to come back. We are going to have to deal with that, and that will be dealt with."
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