A quarter of Quebecers have taken advantage of the CERB

A quarter of Quebecers have taken advantage of the CERB

and Philippe Langlois MISE À DAY

Around 1.8 million Quebecers took advantage of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) in 2020, according to data released this week by Statistics Canada.

Recipients in Quebec received an average of $7,940, the equivalent of almost 16 weeks.

“There have been more health restrictions in Quebec, which has further affected employment and hours worked,” according to Simon Savard, senior economist at the Institut du Québec (IDQ). 

M. Savard is also not surprised to see that less well-off municipalities have more residents who have received federal assistance. 

“  The downturn in the economy has disproportionately affected low-wage employees, because those with higher salaries are in jobs that often allow them to work remotely. »  

As for Gatineau, Lévis and Quebec, the high number of civil servants living there partly explains why these cities have had little recourse to emergency aid. 

Quebec among the pack leader in the country

The province ranks second in the country in terms of the proportion of its population having benefited from the CERB, just behind Alberta. However, Quebecers who used the program received less money than residents of 8 of the 10 provinces. 

The CERB, in brief

Announced by the Trudeau Government on March 25, 2020

  • For Canadians who, due to COVID-19, have lost their jobs, are in quarantine or take care of a sick person
  • Benefit of $500 taxable per week for a maximum of 28 weeks
  • To be eligible, have earned an income of at least $5,000 in 2019 

Quebec among the leading pack in the country

The province ranks second in the country for the proportion of its population having benefited from the CERB, just behind Alberta. However, Quebecers who used the program received less money than residents of 8 of the 10 provinces.

► Percentage of Quebecers who have taken advantage of the CERB: 26 % of people aged 15+

► Average amount received in the province: $7940

► Total CERB paid in Quebec: $14.4 billion

Recipient rates in the 10 most populous cities

  • Montreal: 29%
  • Laval: 29%
  • Terrebonne: 29%
  • Longueuil: 26%
  • Sherbrooke: 26%
  • Trois-Rivières: 25%
  • Quebec: 24%
  • Lévis: 24%
  • Saguenay: 23% 
  • Gatineau: 23%

LAVAL AND SAINT-LIN LEADING THE LEADER

The metropolitan region is the one that has used the CERB the most. Laval is the city that has used the program the most, followed by Montreal, Terrebonne and Longueuil.

In smaller municipalities (10,000 citizens and more), Saint-Lin–Laurentides (36 %) ranks first, while Sainte-Sophie (34 %) and Mont-Tremblant (33 % ) occupy the second and third levels. 

Among those who have used the program the least, Westmount (17 %) ranks first, followed by Saint-Lambert (18 %) and Saint- Augustin-de-Desmaures (19 %).  

More men than women received it

Quebec women were less likely than their male counterparts to take advantage of the emergency benefit. Indeed, 53% of CERB applicants are men, compared to 47% who are women. On the other hand, women who used the program on average obtained a larger amount than men. In all the other provinces of Canada, it is the opposite: more women than men applied for CERB.  

Millions for students

Excluded from the CERB, the students were entitled to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), representing an amount of $1,250 for four weeks. Some 150,000 Quebecers had access to it, for a total of $581 million. Quebecers used it in a lower proportion than the Canadian average.

  • Quebecers who used the CESB: 149,215
  • < li dir="auto">Total cost: $581 million

Especially for those under 55 

Unsurprisingly, more Quebecers of working age have used the federal government's emergency program. About two-thirds of the population between 15 and 54 years old have used the CERB, compared to 27% for those aged 55 to 64 and 8.5% for those aged 65 and over. Although fewer seniors have received it, they nevertheless obtained an amount 16% higher than the average for Quebecers.

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  • From 15 to 24 years old: 33 %
  • From 25 to 54 years old: 33 %
  • From 55 to 64 years old: 27 %
  • 65 years and over: 9 %

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