Grant Name: Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)







The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) gives temporary income support to employed and self-employed people who cannot work due to a COVID-19 lockdown.

The CWLB is only available when a COVID-19 lockdown order is designated for your region.

If you are eligible for the CWLB, you can receive $300 ($270 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. You may apply for any weeks your region is eligible between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022.

The CWLB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).


  • You reside in Canada
  • You were present in Canada
  • You are at least 15 years old
  • You have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • You did not receive any of the following for the same period:
    • Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
    • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
    • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
    • Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP)
    • short-term disability benefits

Check if you qualify for EI benefits You cannot receive more than one benefit for the same period

  • You earned at least $5,000 in 2020, 2021, or in the 12 months before the date you apply from any of the following sources:
    • employment income (total or gross pay)
    • net self-employment income (after deducting expenses)
    • maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits
    • EI regular, special, or fishing benefits
    • amounts from these COVID-19 benefits:
      • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
      • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
      • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
      • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

What counts towards the $5,000

·         You filed a 2020 tax return

·         A designated COVID-19 lockdown in your region resulted in one of the following:

    • you lost your job and were unemployed
    • you were self-employed but unable to continue your work
    • you were employed or self-employed, but had a 50% reduction in your average weekly income as compared to the previous year
      Calculate your income reduction
  • You did not do any of the following, unless it was reasonable to do so:
    • quit your job
    • voluntarily stop working
    • turn down reasonable work
    • refuse to return to work when asked by your employer
    • fail to resume self-employment when it was possible
  • You got the COVID-19 vaccine or it is not required to continue your work
  • You were not self-isolating or in quarantine due to international travelExceptions
  • You will file your 2021 and 2022 tax returns by December 31, 2023 if you receive the benefit for a period starting in 2022
  • If you receive the benefit for a period starting in 2021, you will file your 2021 tax return by December 31, 2022
  • If you do not file by the required dates, you will not be eligible for this benefit. You would need to return any payments you received.

How to Apply?

Online through the CRA My Account Portal or by phone

Funding Amount

$300/week from October 24, 2021 – May 7, 2022

Contact Information

TEL: 1-800-959-8281

Processing Fee




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