To understand how astronomically large this number is, just look at it as a percent of population. The percent of the population that have used CERB reached 22.42% on Aug 2, up from 21.72% the month before. Not all of the population is a part of the labour force though. The number of CERB recipients as a percent of the labour force works out to 47.71%. Nearly half of working Canadians have drawn on the benefit.