Applications Open for the Expanded Worker Lockdown Benefit

After adding most provinces and territories to the eligibility list, the government announced that applications for the expanded Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit are now open.

The benefit, which was first launched in November but was increased on Dec. 22, permits any worker to apply if their business has been hit with capacity-limiting restrictions of 50% or more due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Until May 7, 2022, eligible workers can get $300 — $270 after taxes — for each one-week period. However, the enhanced eligibility only lasts until February 12, 2022.

The eligibility list now includes every province and territory that has reduced capacity for bars, restaurants and other workplaces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut.

Bill C-2, which established this new benefit, was signed into law on Dec. 17. The benefit is the government’s most recent temporary income assistance for Canadians who are unable to work due to the pandemic. It builds on previous initiatives such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) 

The “easiest way” to apply for the CWLB, according to the government’s website, is online using “CRA My Account,” although people can also apply by phone.

The CWLB, on the other hand, does not automatically renew, therefore eligible Canadians must reapply each week.

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