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e-4166 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Leila Sarangi from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The economic shutdown in response to COVID-19 disproportionately impacted Indigenous, racialized, women and gender diverse, disabled, young and low income people;
  • CERB and CRB, though no longer available, are still being confiscated from the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) and other refundable tax credits;
  • The CCB is the signature poverty reduction program;
  • The Government of Canada estimates 791,000 families will have their CCB payments reduced by an average of $606 in the 2022/23 benefit year;
  • Mothers with moderate earned incomes of $33,000 and multiple children will experience the largest clawbacks to their CCB;
  • Clawbacks are in addition to taxes paid on CERB and CRB;
  • In some cases, people have been deemed ineligible and are being pursued by the Government of Canada to repay CERB and CRB;
  • The Government of Canada has already provided CERB and CRB repayment relief to self-employed workers and students; and
  • The Government of Canada has repaid full clawed back amounts from the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) to low-income seniors and protected future GIS payments with legislative changes.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, community of people with lived and living expertise of poverty and their allies, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Refund full amounts clawed back from the CCB as a result of receiving pandemic income benefits to families;
2. Protect the CCB from future clawbacks by excluding the CERB, CRB and other pandemic benefits from the CCB income test; and
3. Implement a repayment amnesty for all people who received CERB/CRB whose incomes are below or just above the poverty line (as measured by the Census Family Low Income Measure thresholds according to family size) and for all youth aging out of care.
Open for signature
October 21, 2022, at 9:14 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 19, 2023, at 9:14 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Leah Gazan
Winnipeg Centre
New Democratic Party Caucus
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