With the CRB (Canada Recovery Benefit) ending on October 23, 2021, the federal government has announced the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit.

The new benefit will provide income support to workers whose employment is interrupted by government-imposed public health lockdowns.

How much is the benefit?

  • Eligible applicants will receive $300 per week
  • The benefit is accessible for the entire duration of a government-imposed public health lockdown

Who is eligible?

The CWLB is available to workers:

  • Who experience work interruption as a direct result of a government-imposed public health lockdown
  • Regardless of whether they are eligible or ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI)*

*EI and the CWLB cannot be claimed at the same time

Who is not eligible?

Individuals whose loss of income or employment is due to their refusal to adhere to a vaccine mandate will not be able to access the benefit.

Can I also claim EI?

No. Workers who are eligible for EI can also be eligible for the CWLB, but they cannot claim both.

How long is the benefit available?

  • The benefit comes into effect on October 24, 2021 and is available until May 7, 2022
  • Retroactive applications are available to October 24, 2021 should the situation warrant it

How do I apply?

Applications are not currently open. Application details have not yet been finalized or published by the government, but they are expected to be released in the upcoming weeks.

We will publish updates here and on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) at that time.


If you have any questions about the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, please contact one of our HR Consulting experts or complete the contact form below.

Stephen McKee

Stephen McKee

Stephen McKee is a Human Resources Consultant for Avail CPA. He uses over 10 years of experience in HR to help clients ensure their team functions on the highest level while staying compliant with legislation.

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