Blog | 13 Jan 2022

Expanding the lockdown support.

By Olivia Fei, Senior Tax Manager | COVID Support

Facing another round of the COVID wave, the Government of Canada has announced a further expansion of the following subsidy programs: Local Lockdown Program and Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit.

Organizations could qualify for the Local Lockdown Program if they meet the following criteria:

  • one or more of its locations are subject to a public health order that has the effect of reducing the entity’s capacity at the location by 50 per cent or more, and
  • activities restricted by the public health order account for at least 50 per cent of the entity’s total qualifying revenues during the prior reference period.

Further, the government will also reduce the minimum current-month revenue loss threshold to 25% from the initial 40%. 

The second update is to expand the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit to workers if they meet the following criteria:

  • workers in regions where provincial or territorial governments have introduced capacity-limiting restrictions of 50 per cent or more, and
  • workers who are directly affected by a COVID-19-related public health lockdown, and who have lost 50 per cent or more of their income as a result.

The eligible workers will receive $300 a week of income support for the eligible period. 

The above expansion of the Local Lockdown Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit will apply from December 19, 2021, to February 12, 2022. 

For more details on the above please refer to the link below:

Government Temporarily Expands Access to Lockdown Program and Worker Lockdown Benefit

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