Who can get the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)?

On October 21, 2021, the federal government announced a new benefit program, the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit. At this time, no one can get this benefit. This is because the government has not yet passed a law to create the benefit. The earliest it might become available is November 22, 2021. And even then, no worker in Ontario can apply for it because there are no government lockdowns in our province.

We don't know all the details about this benefit program yet. But this is what the government has said so far:

  • It's for workers in Canada who can't work at all because of a government lockdown.
  • Workers will get $300 a week.
  • It will be available until May 7, 2022.
  • Workers can apply for back payments if they missed work starting on October 24, 2021.

The government has also said that you can't get the benefit if you miss work because you are not following your workplace's mandatory vaccine policy. It is not clear if this means a vaccine policy the government has said your employer must have, or if it includes a vaccine policy your employer has chosen to have.

We will update this as more information becomes available.

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