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Students who collect emergency COVID-19 aid must attest they're looking for work (CBC News)

From CBC News:  Students who collect emergency financial aid will be required to confirm that they're looking for summer work and will be connected with a government job bank to help employers struggling with shortages of labour.

Legislation providing $9 billion in assistance to students who saw their summer employment prospects dry up due to the COVID-19 crisis — which was adopted at second readings and at all stages in the House of Commons tonight and sent to the Senate — says applicants must "attest to the fact that they are seeking work."

Refugees face more hardship settling during lockdown, advocates say (CBC News)

From CBC News - Hamzeh Alnas came to Canada to start a new life. 

After fleeing Syria's civil war, the 26-year-old arrived in British Columbia on Jan. 15, 2020, with his partner, Julia. They began working two weeks later at the Four Seasons hotel in Whistler. 

But then on Jan. 25, Canada registered its first "presumptive case" of COVID-19, with the coronavirus pandemic ultimately leading to widespread shutdowns and physical distancing measures.

CRA could have a 'field day' with questionable COVID-19 claims, investigators warn (CBC News)

From CBC News - New federal benefit programs aimed at helping shuttered businesses and people now out of work could pose a dilemma for those who tend to skirt Canadian rules and laws. 

Anti-fraud and legal experts warn that anyone making questionable claims during the COVID-19 pandemic are still subject to the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) powers — which include the ability to perform audits, take back any money owed, and lay fines and serious criminal charges.