Hasty COVID-19 aid for N.B. workers lacked controls, says auditor-general

The New Brunswick government’s emergency aid to laid-off workers rolled out in the early weeks of the pandemic with poor controls, weak contracts and inadequate monitoring, according to a new report by the auditor-general. The New Brunswick Workers’ emergency income benefit was hastily put together in March 2020 to provide $900 in one-time payments to people laid off when their employers were ordered to shut down. “We recognize the department was operating under an accelerated timeline…


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