Some essential Quebec workers must repay part of the financing of Covid | City News


Some essential workers in Quebec are being asked to repay part of the Incentive Program to Retain Essential Workers (IPREW) funds they received during the first year of the pandemic, The suburbs has learned.

The IPREW, as announced in April 2020, “provides[d] $ 100 for each qualifying work week beginning March 15, 2020 and spanning a maximum of 16 weeks. This means that in addition to his salary, a worker [received] a taxable benefit of $ 400 per month, for a total of $ 1,600 for the full 16-week period. Payments [were] every two weeks from May 27, 2020. “

But some who received the $ 1,600 have to repay part of it. This issue is addressed in a new post on the Revenu Quebec website, which says, “I received IPREW benefits and now I’m told I have to repay an overpayment. Why?

The answer is “When you applied for IPREW benefits, you had to estimate your total income (line 199 of your tax return minus line 151) for 2020 and meet the eligibility criteria.” However, when processing your 2020 income tax return, we found that you were not eligible for IPREW benefits for one of the following reasons: Your total income for 2020 was greater than $ 28,600, and “You were not a resident of Quebec on December 31, 2019.” See more at www.revenuquebec.ca/fr / coronavirus-disease-covid-19 / faq-for-individuals /.

A letter to this effect that we have seen regarding the limit of $ 28,600 states that “the amount to be repaid represents 25% of the part of your total income that exceeds $ 28,600, in accordance with a new relief measure from the Government of Canada. Quebec ”.

Those who have to repay and have financial difficulties are offered to enter into a repayment agreement.

The letter we saw also states that those making the refund will receive a tax slip in February of the following year “so you can deduct the refund on line 246 of your tax return”.

Likewise, on the federal side, some Canadians are advised by Service Canada that they must repay part of the Canada Emergency Benefit they received in 2020.

CERB was launched at the start of the pandemic to help Canadians who were unable to work due to lockdowns. In this case, the reimbursement notice concerns an advance of $ 2,000 for the first four weeks of the pandemic, given to certain Canadians who have requested it through Service Canada.

While some Canadians did not receive ECP funding during the summer of 2020 to offset this $ 2,000 advance, recipients who were ineligible for assistance or did not receive the ECP for 20 weeks are advised that they must repay part or all of $ 2,000.


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