In October 2021, the federal government announced the creation of a new pandemic benefit, the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB), which was intended to be provided to workers affected by regional public health lockdown orders which closed non-essential businesses for a period of at least 14 days.
Changes have been announced which expand the circumstances in which workers can qualify for the CWLB. Effective as of December 19, 2021 (and until February 12, 2022), the CWLB is available to workers in regions where provincial or territorial governments have introduced capacity-limiting restrictions of 50% or more for a period of at least 7 days, and which result in an income loss for the worker of at least 50%. The benefit amount remains at $300 per week. A current listing of eligible regions for purposes of the CWLB can be found on the federal government website at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/worker-lockdown-benefit/cwlb-regional-lockdowns.html.
More information on the program and the most recent changes can be found on the federal government website at https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2021/12/temporarily-expanding-eligibility-for-the-local-lockdown-program-and-the-canada-worker-lockdown-benefit.html and https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2021/12/government-temporarily-expands-access-to-lockdown-program-and-worker-lockdown-benefit.html.