It's been a clusterf*ck for everyone, my sister was told to apply for the benefit in march 2020, but then found out a few days later that she was going to be able to work during the lockdowns after all and that she didnt need it, but they sent it to her anyway and wouldn't allow her to send it back. they told her she had to deposit the money in her account and let it sit in her account until they asked for it back.
"Anyone who wishes to make a formal request for a reconsideration can do so by contacting the CRA within 30 days of the date of their notice of debt.
The CRA adds that those who applied for the benefits in good faith will not be penalized."
This is the process I'm going to have to go through. but a long weekend just started in Canada ("remembrance day") so I can't even contact them until Monday. I suspect I'll probably be successful in this, but still I might not be, and it's yet another huge pain in the ass to deal with.
And yeah I agree with your previous post, it is all something i'm trying to look at as a learning opportunity. That approach had served me well in the past during tough times.