Up to $ 22 billion in COVID aid may have been allocated to high-income Canadians: Fraser Institute study

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Clemens said the government could have made relatively simple changes to the application form to eliminate dependents and who did not see a drop in their family income. He said he was confident that finance ministry officials were aware of the problem, but he believes the problems have likely been ruled out.

“We have a world-class finance ministry and I just have to believe it raised concerns about the extent to which the approach we were using, on so many of these new programs, was actually going to bring money to people who needed it. he. ”

The study also looked at payments to seniors, which the government implemented to cover the increased costs of the pandemic.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced top-up payments in June for seniors receiving the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

“We know the past few weeks have been difficult for seniors and their families across the country, especially the most vulnerable,” Trudeau said when he announced the top-up payment of $ 500.

Clemens said the government should have sent the money only to GIS recipients, as the benefit is specifically for low-income seniors, instead of including OAS retirees. A senior couple can have an annual income of almost $ 260,000 and still be partially eligible for OAS.

“I don’t know the reason to send money to seniors with household income up to $ 260,000,” he said.

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