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LETTER: GIS clawback means no bus pass

Sudden loss of income for having taken CERB, with no recourse.

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Some seniors who collected CERB are now losing their Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Monday September 13, 2021 | VICTORIA, BC


Editor’s note:

  • GIS is the Guaranteed Income Supplement paid to seniors who are income-challenged.
  • CERB is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit as available in 2020.
  • CRB is the Canada Recovery Benefit for self-employed and non-EI recipients. | Locally, Alistair MacGregor, MP (Cowichan-Malahat-Langford) told Island Social Trends just before the election that he is “surprised that no one in the government could see this was going to be an issue”.
  • Evidently the clawback can only be reversed by legislation, which means it’s not even possible until after the September 20, 2021 election (realistically not even feasible until the 44th Parliament gets up and running, which might not be until October or November 2021).

As a senior I too have been cut off the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Thanks to the Prime Minister and the CRA I can’t afford my bus pass and some of my prescription.

randall garrison, ndp

~ Thomas Donaldson, Victoria, BC 

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