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Number of CERB claimants topped number of jobless by a million last month, statistics show

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Number of CERB claimants topped number of jobless by a million last month, statistics show

May 19, 2020

Those figures raise questions about who exactly is getting the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, meant to help people made jobless by the COVID-19 pandemic

Statistics Canada’s labour-force survey for last month, completed April 18, points to three million people having lost their jobs and another 2.5 million working less than half their normal hours since the pandemic started — 5.5 million in total.

But by April 19, the government had received CERB claims from 6.7 million people, a difference of more than a million people.

Economists are divided about what that means. Some suggest it’s simply a statistical anomaly, the employment numbers not lining up chronologically with CERB stats.

“It’s close enough that it’s likely a timing issue,” said David Macdonald, a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Others believe it’s at least partly explained by Canadians taking advantage of a wide-open benefits scheme, legally or not.

“The capacity for abuse or opportunistic behaviour in this program is enormous,” said Philip Cross, a former Statistics Canada economist and fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. “If you advertise that you’re going to be approved — no questions asked — you’re going to get pensioners applying for it.”

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I think it’s more likely that jobs dried up with the whole shutdown. I got laid off, I’m trying to find another job but it’s difficult, especially since I need a Co-Op for school.
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I thought Cerb includes people who wouldn’t normally fall under the employment numbers like students, moms, self employed people, EI seasonal workers etc.
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badmus wrote: I thought Cerb includes people who wouldn’t normally fall under the employment numbers like students, moms, self employed people, EI seasonal workers etc.
There are separate programs for those people, some overlapping though. I think having multiple programs just confuses things during time of crisis, CERB for all would have been the correct way to go around it.
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i feel sorry for any new grads right now... worst timing.
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I feel sorry for all taxpaying Canadians, especially after this pandemic is over.
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Why would any min wage workers work when they can stay home and collect the same amount for 4 month?
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oceans_end wrote: Why would any min wage workers work when they can stay home and collect the same amount for 4 month?
Sounds like Quebec may be taking issue with this point. In other words, I think they are looking for the feds to maybe change the policy. Although if they raise minimum wage, this may kill the economy even more.
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choclover wrote: Sounds like Quebec may be taking issue with this point. In other words, I think they are looking for the feds to maybe change the policy. Although if they raise minimum wage, this may kill the economy even more.
This won't have happened if they made CERB available to all including those who work, then it won't disincentive anyone to work.

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