How To Apply For The $1,200/mo Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)

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by Enoch Omololu

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When the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) ended on October 23, 2021, it was replaced by a new pandemic benefit – Canada Workers Lockdown Benefit (CWLB).

As announced by the Deputy Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, the new Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit will provide $300 per week to eligible workers.

This program runs until May 7, 2022, and along with other associated pandemic benefits, is expected to cost $7.4 billion.

The CWLB mirrors the $300 benefit available through the CRB in its last 4 weeks and is lower than the $500 weekly payment that was initially available through the CERB and CRB.

Two current COVID-19 benefits, the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), are also expected to continue in their existing form (with some changes) until May 7, 2022.

Read on to learn about Canada’s recovery benefit extension for 2022, the CWLB, how to apply, and how much you can expect.

What is the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit?

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) replaces the CRB which ended on October 23, 2021.

It will provide income support to workers who are impacted by government-imposed temporary lockdowns.

Recent updates to this support program as announced on December 22, 2021, indicate that workers in areas where capacity-limiting restrictions of 50% or more have been imposed may also be eligible for the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit.

CWLB will be available until May 7, 2022, with retroactive applications to October 24, 2021.

The legislation for the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit became law on December 17, 2021

Who Qualifies for the CWLB Benefit in 2022?

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit is available to workers whose work interruption is a direct result of a government-imposed public health lockdown.

Workers who are impacted by capacity-limiting restrictions of 50% or higher will also be eligible (from December 19, 2021, to February 12, 2022).

Workers who are ineligible for EI will be able to apply as well as those who are eligible for EI as long as they are not paid EI benefits for the same period.

CWLB will not be available to workers who are unable to work as a result of their refusal to comply with a vaccine mandate (e.g. if fired due to a workplace vaccine mandate).

In addition to the CWLB, two other income benefits will continue:

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefits

Eligibility requirements for the CRCB are that you must:

  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Be resident in Canada
  • Have a valid SIN
  • Be unable to work at least 50% of your normal work week because you are caring for a family
  • Are unable to work because you have to care for a child under 12 years of age because they are sick, self-isolating, or their school/daycare/care facility is closed due to COVID-19
  • You are not applying for or receiving another benefit i.e. CRSB, EI, etc.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

This benefit provides income support to workers who are unable to work due to illness or the need to self-isolate because of COVID-19.

With the introduction of new benefits, it is likely that eligibility requirements may be updated in the near future.

New: Local Lockdown Program 

This new support program will assist employers who are subject to capacity restrictions of 50% or more and significant reductions in revenue.

The Local Lockdown program benefit is available from December 19, 2021, to February 12, 2022.

How To Apply For The CWLB in 2022

You can apply for the CWLB online via CRA MyAccount. You can also apply by phone at 1-800-959-8281 or TTY at 1-800-665-0354 (Mon-Fri from 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 3pm). All times are local.

You must apply on a weekly basis if eligible e.g. your region remains under lockdown.

Areas that are currently designated (or have been designated) as COVID-19 lockdown regions include Puvirnituq, Tasiujaq, Aupaluk, Tuktoyaktuk, Akulivik, Salluit, Kuujjuaq, Kangirsuk, K’atl’odeeche, Behchokò.

Check the government’s website for an updated list of eligible locations.

If you are already set up for direct deposits, CWLB payments may take 3 to 5 business days, and up to 12 business days if you are expecting a cheque.

Here are more details about the application process.

how to apply for the canada workers lockdown benefit

How Much Money Will I Get From CWLB?

CWLB recipients will receive $300 per week in income support. This translates to $1,200 per month in Canada Workers Lockdown Benefits if you are eligible.

The CRCB currently pays $500 per household per week or $2,000 per month. Based on the recent updates, the maximum duration to get the CRCB is being extended by 2 weeks (from 42 to 44 weeks).

The CRSB currently pays $500 per week and $2,000 per month. You can now get CRSB for up to a maximum of 6 weeks (extended by 2 weeks).

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Eligibility Periods 2022

You can apply for any eligible 1-week period for up to 60 days after that period has ended. The CWLB payment periods are:

  • Period 1: October 24 – October 30, 2021
  • Period 2: October 31 – November 6, 2021
  • Period 3: November 7 – November 13, 2021
  • Period 4: November 14 – November 20, 2021
  • Period 5: November 21 – November 27, 2021
  • Period 6: November 28 – December 4, 2021
  • Period 7: December 5 – December 11, 2021
  • Period 8: December 12 – December 18, 2021
  • Period 9: December 19 – December 25, 2021
  • Period 10: December 26 – January 1, 2022
  • Period 11: January 2 – January 8, 2022
  • Period 12: January 9 – January 15, 2022
  • Period 13: January 16 – January 22, 2022
  • Period 14: January 23 – January 29, 2022
  • Period 15: January 30 – February 5, 2022
  • Period 16: February 6 – February 12, 2022
  • Period 17: February 13 – February 19, 2022
  • Period 18: February 20 – February 26, 2022
  • Period 19: February 27 – March 5, 2022
  • Period 20: March 6 – March 12, 2022
  • Period 21: March 13 – March 19, 2022
  • Period 22: March 20 – March 26, 2022
  • Period 23: March 27 – April 2, 2022
  • Period 24: April 3 – April 9, 2022
  • Period 25: April 10 – April 16, 2022
  • Period 26: April 17 – April 23, 2022
  • Period 27: April 24 – April 30, 2022
  • Period 28: May 1 – May 7, 2022

Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Taxation

The benefits you receive via the CWLB are included in your taxable income for the year.

A $30 tax is withheld from each weekly payment of $300, so you will only receive $270 per 1-week period. Additional taxes may be due when you file your tax return depending on your total income for the year.

Related: Tax Filing Deadline for 2022.

COVID-19 Benefits For Businesses

Business support programs will be made available through two new programs:

  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program: This will provide wage and rent subsidy to eligible hotels, travel agencies, restaurants, and tour operators.
  • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program: This will support business that have suffered significant losses with a wage and rent subsidy of up to 50%.

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Enoch Omololu

Enoch Omololu is a personal finance expert and a veterinarian. He has a master’s degree in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Aberdeen Business School (Scotland) and has completed several courses and certificates in finance, including the Canadian Securities Course. He also has an MSc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ibadan. Enoch has a passion for helping others win with their personal finances and has been writing about money matters for over a decade. He has been featured or quoted in The Globe and Mail, Winnipeg Free Press, Wealthsimple, Financial Post, Toronto Star, CTV News, Canadian Securities Exchange, Credit Canada, National Post, CIBC, and many other personal finance publications.

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20 thoughts on “How To Apply For The $1,200/mo Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)”

  1. I was laid off last year due to covid I am still not back yet I was on EI which is done and I just applied 3 weeks ago to CRB now its closing. I am 65 Next year I cant get OAS till next year. I found out about a month ago my job is terminated due to shortage of work due to covid. I don’t know if I can apply for CWLB if you have any advice it would be great Thank you Linda Lock

  2. Thank you very much for the updates

    • @Wilma: You are welcome.

  3. Nov. 3/2021
    I would like to know if I qualify for the $300.00 weekly. The Canada Worker Benefit. I have not been recall for my job and I don’t know
    when I will be recalled.

  4. I have not been called for work . what do I do? I need the phone number please to talk about my Benefits.

    • @Nasim: The article has been updated with the eligibility requirements and CRA application phone number.

  5. I lost my job end of 2019 after 40 years in IT. After EI expired I was getting CRB until it was closed in Oct 2021. I sent 100s of resumes each week since the start of pandemic but not a single job offer. I think the reason is employers get Covid benefits from the government but do not hire people, rather they just distribute that money to themselves, including government (on a government web site I found out that they increased their salaries in 2020 for ~$50,000 per worker, in the same department where they laid off people allegedly due to downsizing – this was done by Ford government and it is easy for everybody to check salary numbers on the sunshine government salaries web sites and compare salaries for 2019 and 2020: instead of cutting salaries in 2020 for 50%, due to overall pandemic impact, they INCREASED salaries for 50%!)

  6. when can i apply for cwlb

  7. Taking to long to implement,im a senior who works driving tour bus,cant servive without a job or cwlb help please.

  8. When can we apply for cwlb?!?!?! any update?!?!?

    • @KK: You can now view the updated eligibility requirements and CWLB phone number.

  9. Not sure when I can start applying for CWLB?

    • @Don: The application phone number is now provided and you can also apply via your CRA MyAccount if eligible.

  10. I have no income, lost my job due to covid, I thought they promise to extend the benefits, we were mislead

  11. my work payment $450 a month

  12. The government was very clear that both the CERB and CRB would not affect future maternity leave benefits. I cannot find any information on if this will also be the case with CWLB. Do you the answer to this?

  13. Will it take an extra night to be deposited because Monday was a holiday or might it still come overnight tonight?

  14. I missed to apply for the first weeks… now it’s more than 60 days and they are closed. Is there any way I can apply for the first 5 weeks?

  15. Diana – I have the same scenario as Nik. Apparently now all Ontario regions are closed to applying, as well as, past 60 days, also closed. What other options do I have?

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