CRB expiring October 23, 2021 – To be Replaced by Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit

A picture of Covid-19 to highlight CRB ending on October 23, 2021 and replaced with lockdown benefit to help people in dealing with covid-19.

The Canada Recovery Benefit for CRB is expiring on Saturday October 23, 2021. It will be replaced by the Lockdown Benefit program. Are there any details regarding this new program?

CRB Expiring October 23, 2021 – Replaced by Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Program Starting October 24, 2021

According to the Canadian government, this new program will go live as of October 24, 2021. It will provide workers who are subject to a lockdown due to covid-19 with $300.00 per week during the lockdown period. This amount will be also available to the affected workers who are ineligible for Employment Insurance.

According to the Minister of Finance, “temporary lockdowns are still a possibility in the months to come. We want Canadians to know that we intend now to put in place measures that would snap into action immediately,” The Finance Minister also said, “These support measures were always designed to be temporary to get us through the crisis. We’re now in a new phase, one that is very different from the darkest days in the fight against covid”

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) Extended

The government also indicated that both the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will be extended up to May 22, 2022.

Conclusion

The adding of a new benefit program is good news to many workers who are still being affected by lockdowns by covid-19. And also the extension of two other programs is good news for many. Hopefully the government’s assessment of the darkest day of the pandemic is behind us. However, covid-19 has been pretty unpredictable so far and vigilance will be needed to make sure that coronavirus will be really behind us. Only time will tell. Everyone please stay safe.

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