Just a heads up that the government is now going to start looking into everyone who applied for CERB. Don’t believe me, check out the job postings for Payment Service Officers on the government website.
I have a friend who is helping facilitate this and people committing fraud will be caught. If you have a job you could have been reporting to this whole time you will have to pay it back and may face a fine. After the initial two weeks of the pandemic in Ontario any essential worker was to report to their jobs. If you had a job to report to but chose not to you will be paying that money back and being cut off from any further help.
Employers will also be sent questionnaires about reasons why employees weren’t working and they won’t be lying for you. All “layoffs” will be looked into as well as people who said they needed to be off for childcare (both parents places of employment will be contacted to see if the leave was needed) I know many people who took these leaves even though childcare wasn’t an issue. This may not happen right away but it is going to happen.
If you have a job to go to do yourself a favour and call your employer and get back there ASAP. If you are still working be so grateful that you are one of the lucky ones who will survive this and come out relatively unscathed financially.