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A closer look at where $82 billion in CERB payments went at the beginning of the pandemic

Federal data, obtained through the Access to Information Act, provides the most detailed picture yet of where billions of dollars in emergency aid went last year.

LGBTQ businesses, hit hard by COVID-19, look for shifts in federal programs

Alana Fiks, co-owner of Winnipeg's Black Market Provisions, says her business did OK with curbside pickup as COVID-19 case counts rose. But other LGBTQ-owned business have had a rougher ride.

Liberal pledge to plant 2 billion trees could cost $2.8B more than planned, watchdog says

The parliamentary budget office says a pledge by the Trudeau Liberals to plant two billion trees could cost almost double what the government says.

'This is unfortunate': Inside Elections Canada after Trump's tweet on voting machines

Elections Canada watched as Canadians began wondering on social media if the 2019 federal election had been rigged by dubious voting machines, after U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies claimed automatic vote tabulators were to blame for his own loss.

Federal finance note says lifting lockdowns, restrictions no sure road to economic recovery

A newly obtained federal document shows officials believed in late summer that an economic recovery would not magically follow if pandemic lockdowns and public health restrictions disappeared.

Planned Jan. 1 increase in CPP premiums will hit some workers harder due to pandemic

On Jan. 1, Canada Pension Plan contributions are going up again — by more than what was originally planned. That's largely due to the pandemic's effect on the labour market — and observers say the impact will be felt by some workers more than others.

Addressing mental-health issues linked to pandemic a key task in 2021, Bains says

Navdeep Bains, Canada's industry minister, says the country faces mounting mental health concerns that the government will have to address in 2021.

National daycare system will need more money to lower fees, expand spaces, Hussen says

Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says reducing the fees parents pay is a key factor in the Liberals' plan for a national child-care system.

As vulnerable youth face CERB clawbacks, Trudeau says Liberals looking over options

Groups that support vulnerable youth, many of whom received letters saying they may have to repay the Canada emergency response benefit, are warning collection efforts could lead to homelessness. They're asking for amnesty for these youth.

Anxiety, criticism greet arrival of Liberals' revamped commercial rent relief program

The federal government's latest lifeline to cash-strapped businesses landed with a swirl of anxiety as companies face an uncertain future that the country's finance minister summed up in three words: "Winter is coming."