Here's how many people in Vancouver received CERB last year: federal data


The city of Vancouver had about 12.82 per cent of its residents receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) last year.

An analysis of federal data by The Canadian Press shows that the city had on average 67,207 recipients during each four-week pay period for the pandemic aid.

Over its lifespan between late March and October of last year, the CERB paid out nearly $82 billion to 8.9 million people in Canada whose incomes crashed either because they saw their hours slashed or lost their jobs.

In the first four-week period, there were 113,810 people in the city receiving the CERB, and the figure fell from there.

There were 79,670 in the second period, 69,810 in the third, 60,970 in the fourth, 52,980 in the fifth, 49,880 in the sixth, and 43,330 in the final month before a trio of new benefits and a revamped employment insurance system replaced CERB.

The figures come from federal data The Canadian Press obtained under the Access to Information Act that provides the most detailed picture yet of where the aid went.