Debt notification to ineligible Canada Emergency Response Benefit recipients

There will be no interest or penalties applied to any repayments


THE Canada Revenue Agency on Tuesday started sending Notices of Redetermination (NoRs) to inform Canadians of the debts that have been established on their CRA accounts. Canadians who receive these letters, but still believe they are eligible for these payments, should contact the CRA and provide any additional information required to validate their claim.

This follows the Notices of Debt (NoDs) that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) began sending in November 2021 to benefit recipients who received an advance payment of $2,000 in 2020 but did not remain on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) long enough to fully reconcile that payment by applying for subsequent payment periods. ESDC will issue the last of these letters in July 2022.

The CRA and ESDC said they wanted to assure Canadians they will continue to be supported when calling in to discuss their unique situations. They added that their call agents are able to work with individuals on a case-by-case basis, to find solutions to their situation, including flexible payment arrangements. There will be no interest or penalties applied to any repayments. The Government of Canada will also work with all impacted individuals to ensure any questions they may have are answered.

“We recognize that receiving this type of correspondence can be stressful and we remain committed to supporting Canadians. Individuals are encouraged to follow the directions they receive in any correspondence from the Government of Canada,” said the CRA press statement.

For more information, visit: When you owe money – collections at the CRA.