A Report from New Brunswick’s Auditor General Found the Province’s COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Program for Workers Had Poor Controls and Inadequate Monitoring.
A report from the acting New Brunswick auditor general has found the province’s COVID-19 emergency benefit program for workers had poor controls and inadequate monitoring.
The New Brunswick Workers’ Emergency Income Benefit offered a one-time payment of $900 to those whose income was affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdowns until the federal aid program launched.
Janice Leahy found it provided about $37 million to more than 40,000 people in New Brunswick, but valid social insurance numbers were not obtained for 827 recipients, increasing the risk of fraud.
Her audit also found poor controls in providing over $50 million in advance to a service provider to administer the program, and then not collecting $15.8 million in unused funding until January 2021, well after the program had ended.