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Navigating CERB Repayments: A Guide for Canadian Businesses and Individuals

Updated: Jan 23

Navigating Cerb
Navigating Cerb

In the wake of the global pandemic, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) emerged as a financial lifeline for millions. However, as the dust settles, many Canadians are now facing the need to repay some or all of these benefits. This post is designed to guide you through the complexities of CERB repayments, ensuring your financial stability remains intact.

Who Needs to Repay CERB?

Not everyone who received CERB is required to repay. However, if you were found ineligible after receiving the funds, repayment is necessary. This typically includes individuals who earned more than the permitted income during a CERB eligibility period or who received overlapping benefits from similar programs.

Will CERB Be Extended Again?

CERB had been phased out and replaced by other support measures, reflecting the evolving economic and health landscapes. While there's always a possibility of future programs akin to CERB, staying updated with the latest government announcements is crucial for the most current information.

Tax Implications of CERB

CERB benefits are taxable. Recipients must include this income in their tax filings. The government didn't withhold taxes at the source, so setting aside a portion of the CERB funds for tax purposes was recommended. If you didn't do this, you might face a higher tax bill.

CERB Benefit Repayments and Garnishment

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) can employ measures like wage garnishment for collecting CERB repayments if you're found to owe money. However, they're often open to discussing repayment options that suit your financial situation.

Strategies for Repaying CERB Without Harming Your Business

If repaying CERB could jeopardize your business, consider reaching out to the CRA for a repayment arrangement. They offer flexible options that can ease the repayment process, allowing you to maintain your business's financial health. This End Up might be able to help you find a creative solution to your repayment issue. Please reach out for a free 30-minute consultation.


Repaying CERB can seem daunting, especially for those balancing the needs of a business. However, understanding your obligations, staying informed about potential policy changes, and engaging with the CRA for tailored repayment solutions can make this process more manageable. Remember, this information is based on the status quo as of April 2023, and government policies are subject to change. Always refer to the latest government resources or consult a financial advisor for personalized advice.

Stay informed, stay prepared, and navigate CERB repayments with confidence.

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