OTTAWA, ON, December 30, 2021 / CNW / – The government of Canada is committed to supporting Canadian workers, businesses and service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At 22 December 2021, the government of Canada announced it would expand eligibility for the Canada Worker Containment Benefit (CWLB) to better support Canadian workers. Today, the Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced that expanded access to the CWLB is now in effect and that Canadians in designated areas affected by eligible closures or capacity restrictions can apply for the benefit. .
Currently, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, New Scotland, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut are included in the list of designated locking regions. This list will be updated as provincial or territorial governments make changes to public health restrictions.
The government will continue to ensure that Canadians have the support they need to deal with the impacts associated with the evolving Omicron variant, while supporting a strong economic recovery. Building on the measures included in Bill C-2, the government approved new regulations that:
- Expand the Canada Containment Benefit for Workers include workers in areas where provincial or territorial governments have introduced or recognized capacity restrictions of 50% or more. This benefit will provide $ 300 a week of income support for eligible workers who are directly affected by a public health lockdown related to COVID-19 and who have lost 50% or more of their income as a result. Affected Canadian workers in the newly designated lockdown regions can apply for the benefit today. Payments will be retroactive to December 19, 2021. To be eligible for the CWLB, you must meet eligibility criteria which include, but are not limited to:
- You won at least $ 5,000 in 2020, 2021 or in the 12 months preceding the day on which you request the benefit;
- You have filed a 2020 income tax return;
- A region in which you work or provide a service is designated as a COVID-19 Lockdown Region during the application period;
- A designated COVID-19 lockdown in your area resulted in one of the following events during the application period:
- you lost your job and are unemployed
- you are self-employed but unable to continue your work
- you are employed or self-employed but your average weekly income has decreased by at least 50% compared to the previous year.
- This updated regulation will apply from December 19, 2021, at February 12, 2022.
People who have attempted to apply to the CWLB before noon December 30e in areas not yet designated as eligible by the CRA were asked to call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 to speak to an agent to finalize their request.
The CRA’s top priority is to continue to ensure that access to COVID-19 benefits is simple and clear, and that benefit payments get to those who need them, as quickly as possible. The CRA will also continue to monitor fraud and suspicious activity and implement the necessary controls to protect program integrity and ensure that only eligible Canadians receive benefit payments.
“By these measures, the government of Canada making sure Canadian workers affected by regional health measures and lockdowns have the support they need. These changes will ensure Canadians have the support they need to cope with the economic impacts of the Omicron variant, while promoting a strong economic recovery. We are closely monitoring developments and will continue to work with our partners to implement COVID-19 support measures as quickly as possible to address the financial hardship Canadians continue to experience. “
-The Honorable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has put Canadians first, providing them with the support they need to stay safe and healthy. Through Bill C-2 and the expanded Canada Worker Containment Benefit, we working Canadians through targeted income support as regions implement public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The government will continue to be there for working Canadians and their families, while ensuring from Canada the economic recovery is leaving no one behind. “
– The Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
The Canadian Worker Containment Service
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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Canada put Canadians first, providing them with the support they need to stay safe and healthy.
Under Bill C-2, the government of Canada introduced the Canada Worker Containment Benefit (CWLB) to provide targeted income support to workers who are unable to work due to containment measures related to COVID-19.
At 22 december, the government of Canada announced that, on a temporary basis from December 19, 2021 at February 12, 2022, COVID-19 public health orders restricting public access to businesses by at least 50% would be included in the definition of a foreclosure order. This means that people who temporarily lose their jobs or experience a 50% or more reduction in income due to a designated COVID-19 lockdown in their area could be eligible for the CWLB.
How jurisdictions are designated as a “lockdown region”
Also from December 19, 2021 at February 12, 2022, provinces, territories and Indigenous communities can issue COVID-19 public health orders and be considered by the government for designation as a “lockdown region.” However, as part of the designation process, those issued by municipalities or public health authorities must be recognized by a provincial / territorial government as meeting the definition below in order to be considered for designation:
- the closure to the public of premises where persons carry on business or provide services which are not essential to the preservation of life, health, public safety or the basic functioning of society; Where
- restrictions reducing by at least 50% the maximum number of persons who may enter or occupy premises where persons carry on business or provide services essential or not essential for the preservation of life, health, public safety or the basic functioning of society; Where
- a requirement, applicable in the region specified in the order, regulation or other instrument, that persons remain at home, except for reasons essential to the preservation of life, health, public safety or basic functioning of society
Fraud prevention and guarantee of eligible candidates.
In order to guarantee people in need quick access to financial assistance, the government of Canada chose to use an attestation-based approach to deliver the CWLB. This means that individuals must self-report the information they provide when submitting a benefit claim. If a person is verified and later declared ineligible, despite being certified to this effect, they will have to reimburse the amounts received. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has zero tolerance for fraud and applicants can expect their information to be verified at the time of application and / or at a later date.
The CRA will continue to monitor fraud and suspicious activity and implement new controls to protect the integrity of the program and ensure that only eligible Canadians receive payments. Protecting the privacy of Canadians is a priority for the CRA, and the trust that individuals have in the CRA is a cornerstone of from Canada tax system.
SOURCE Canada Revenue Agency
For further information: Chris MacMillan, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of National Revenue, 343-540-6066; Media Relations, Canada Revenue Agency, 613-948-8366, [email protected]