Due to the the rapid rise of Omicron, Canada is extending the Lockdown Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit. The government recently announced the changes to these programs to help Canadians navigate this latest wave of coronavirus. What are the changes?
Canada Extending Lockdown Program and Canada Worker Benefit – Changes
For the Lockdown Program, you no longer have to have a local lockdown in your area of more than 14 days. Instead employers would have capacity limits restricted to 50 percent or more. The government will be also reducing the current monthly revenue decline threshold from 40 per cent to 25 per cent. Eligible employers will receive wage and rent subsidies between 25 per cent to 75 per cent.
For the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, if a worker’s workplace has been imposed with a 50 percent or more capacity limit, they can apply. The benefits provide $300 per week for those whose are eligible.
The time period in which you can collect with these changes is from December 19, 2021 to February 12, 2022.
In making these changes the Deputy Prime Minister said, ” The Omicron variant is a real and serious threat to the health and safety of Canadians and the capacity of our health care system. In light of the public health situation and new restrictions in a number of provinces, we are temporarily expanding eligibility for key support measures offered for workers and businesses. The federal government will continue to help Canadians through the pandemic and ensure Canada’s economic recovery leaves no one behind.”
The Canadian government has responded quickly to this latest surge of coronavirus. Hopefully these changes will be enough for affected ones to get by this latest surge. Will these changes work or will more changes will be needed? Only time will tell. Stay safe everyone.
Update – Cannot Apply Until 2022
The government said that eligible Canadians cannot apply for the extended Lockdown Program and Lockdown benefit until early 2022. Here’s what a spokesperson for Employment and Social Development Canada told a news outlet on Friday December 24, 2021, “workers in regions covered under the temporary measures should expect to be able to apply early in the new year.” No specific date has been mentioned as of yet but once it is given, we will update.
2nd Update – As of December 30, 2021 You Can Now Apply for Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit
According to CBC News, “The federal government announced today that the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) is open for applications.
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