CRA employee got $538,549 for move from Richmond Hill to Belleville

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Can you believe it? A Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employee billed the federal government, his employer (which is indirectly the Canadian taxpayer) for $538,549.00 to move 118 miles from Richmond Hill to Belleville, ON.

Meaning, ordinary hard-working Canadians paid for that two-hour move. In fact, according to Aaron Wudrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, just with the access to information they have received so far, at least 16 employees were paid over $100,000 including a second CRA employee, who moved from Mississauga to Ottawa. That rebate was for $113,608.00.

Which makes you wonder why the much shorter move was $400,000 less. I mean, even if the Richmond Hill property was worth a million dollars, the 5 or 6% real estate fee would only have been in the $60,000 range.

And, no, I know this is not a new issue. Reimbursing federal employee moves has been going on for a long time. But, surely, if the country is now in a period of structural deficit, this perk can be capped at an amount we taxpayers would think is fair — like up to a maximum of $10,000 a move which would pay for the actual move and not the real estate and legal fees.

The crux of the matter is that Canadians simply can’t afford to pay for such unreasonable public servant benefits — benefits that few other Canadians enjoy.

4 thoughts on “CRA employee got $538,549 for move from Richmond Hill to Belleville

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  2. Sounds like this guy charged the price of his house as well as the move to taxpayers (or did he move his house to Belleville). Little Potato needs to get a grip on this over the head spending and usage of taxpayers money. Audit these people for sure and get the rules and regulations right for once.


  3. Total B.S! ! No Federal employee was paid $538K to relocate. The table includes the actual sale of the house, approx. $522,960. The Government does not buy your house when you’re asked to relocated. They pay only real estate and lawyer fees upon closing, along with moving expenses. Given that Richmond Hill is a hot market, I would suggest a 2-3% agent fee, which is inline with the $15k listed under ‘Other” category. This is a gross misrepresentation, and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation know better than this. Their right-leaning partisanship is on full display here


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