CRB Canada (CE Canada) provides information on how to apply for the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB).

Applying for the Canada Worker Lockout Benefit (CWLB)

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) is a monetary award of $300 ($270 after taxes are deducted) per qualified worker in Canada during a national lockdown. 1-week  period

If your area is under a COVID-19 lockdown, then you can use the CWLB.

Criteria for Eligibility

The following requirements must be fulfilled before you can 1-week time frame you're hoping to be considered for:

Your primary place of residence is in Canada, and you are either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident with a permanent place of residence in Canada. ) You Visited Canada, Right? Your age must be at least 15 years old. Your SIN (Social Insurance Number) is genuine.

Nothing of the following occurred during that time:

    • Benefits from Employment Insurance (EI)
    • The Canadian Sickness and Recovery Bonus (CRSB)
    • The Caregiver Recovery Assistance Program (CRAP) in Canada
    • "Quebec Parental Insurance Program" (QPIP).
    • benefits for temporary incapacity
  • During any given time period, you can only collect one benefit. The CWLB disqualifies you if you receive any other benefits for the same time period. Any money you've been paid must be returned.

Gained at least $5,000 in 2020 or 2021, or within the previous 12 months prior to the application date:

  • compensation for one's labor (total or gross pay).
  • net  self-employment total revenue (after deducting all costs)
  • EI and QPIP benefits for new mothers and fathers
  • Benefits from the Social Security Administration, whether standard, supplemental, or for fishing
  • funds derived from these COVID-19  benefits:
    • Those in need can apply for the Canada Emergency Benefit (CERB).
    • This is the Canada Recovery Bonus (CRB).
    • The Caregiver Recovery Assistance Program (CRCAP) of Canada
    • The Canada Recovery and Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

  Determine what qualifies as income, including:

  • Earnings from any and all sources, whether traditional employment, self-employment, or other, including:
    • tips
    • dividends that do not qualify
    • awards in recognition; nominal remuneration given to volunteers
    • remuneration for work done; royalties

Not considered part of one's earnings are:

  • Gaining access to disability benefits
  • grants, fellowships, and scholarships
  • welfare, alimony, child support, etc.
  • Whether from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or the Québec Pension Plan (QPP), or another pension plan,
  • Income support for the elderly (OAP)
  • CESB, or the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit, is a government program that helps students in dire situations

You submitted a tax return for 2020.

Locale refers to the area around your home, workplace, or service delivery point. COVID-19 places that are locked down
See if there are any qualifying time frames in your area (new window).

A person who has been specifically COVID-19 The implementation of lockdown in your area led to one of the following:

    • you were laid off and then unemployed
    • Despite being self-employed, you were unable to carry on with your work.
    • the fact that you had a job or were self-employed despite this 50% average weekly income that has decreased since last year
      Find out how much of a drop in pay you can expect (new window).

Except when it would have been prudent to do so, you refrained from doing the following:

  • giving up one's employment
  • stop working on your own accord
  • dismiss acceptable employment
  • Despite your employer's requests, you stay home every day.
  • not getting back into self-employment when it was feasible

Those who opt out of telecommuting face the following alternatives:

  • You will not qualify for the CWLB if you were allowed to work remotely (telework).

Have you gotten the COVID-19 or you don't need the vaccination to keep working

You weren't in isolation or quarantine because of your international travels.


  • If you were isolated because, then this does not apply to you.

    • You went somewhere for official medical care.
    • To get medical treatment verified by a doctor, you accompanied a person who needed assistance getting there.
    • You were required to self-isolate due to the lockdown order, despite the fact that you were traveling for work, which is normally exempt from quarantine when you return to Canada.

    Call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 to apply if any of the following situations apply to you, and you meet all other criteria.

When receiving the benefit for a period beginning in 2022, you must file your 2021 and 2022 tax returns by December 31, 2023. When receiving the benefit for a period beginning in 2021, you must file your 2021 tax return by December 31, 2022.

You will lose your right to this benefit if your application is late. Payments already made to you must be returned. In order to qualify for the CWLB, you must satisfy all of the following requirements:

It's important to keep in mind that people who are currently incarcerated are not likely to fulfill all the necessary requirements. It's possible that those on day parole or with legal permission to look for work could qualify.

Eligibility checks

Whether or not you qualify for the CWLB will be determined by the CRA. In order to confirm your application, we may need more information from you.

Those who are found to have knowingly submitted false claims may be subject to additional sanctions.

Visit the CRA's Leads program if you want to report any possible abuse.

If you want to make sure your app is legit,

The CRA may ask for additional documentation to verify your application. The verification process must be finalized before we can release payment.

Possible Required Proofs of Identity Documents

The following items may be required to verify your application with us. The CRA has the right to check the legitimacy of any paperwork you submit.

In order to avoid having your application expire, you have 30 days to submit the necessary validation documents to the CRA.

Those of you who are or were workers
  • Receipts for payment received recently
  • If it is possible, please provide a salary confirmation letter verifying your employment.
  • Employment Background Check
  • Paystubs and other proofs of direct deposit of benefits and wages
  • Clarification of Federal or Provincial Benefits
Those who are or were self-employed
  • Paid services invoice containing the following items:
    • service date
    • whose needs the service was catering to
    • that person's or organization's name
  • Payment confirmation (a receipt, statement of account, or bill of sale detailing the services rendered and the amount paid or still owed)
  • Income statements from a sole proprietorship, independent contractorship, or partnership
  • You can use any other evidence of your earnings to $5,000 whether from a job, a business, or other means of income
  • Benefit deposit receipts detailing your name and address
  • Explanation of Federal or Provincial Benefits
If you were receiving state or federal assistance,
  • The recipient's name, current address, and the account number where the benefit check was deposited.
  • Benefits Proclamation

What you need to know about submitting your proof documents

Online Use CRA's My Account portal to upload your paperwork.
  • Go to the CRA's My Account sign-in page.
  • Simply hit the "Submit documents" button on the top right.
  • Type in your reference or case number here.
  • Go to the Supporting Documents section and click the COVID-19 monetary aid"
  • Please provide a brief summary of your submission and upload any relevant files.
By fax Get in touch with us via fax with your files.
  • Put your full name, SIN, the case or reference number (if you have one), your daytime phone number, and the total number of pages you're faxing onto a cover sheet.
  • To begin, please create a cover sheet and title it "Supporting Documents for." COVID-19 monetary aid"
  • Don't forget to fax those papers to 1-833-325-0555
By mail Make a postal request.

Centralized Tax Processing Office of Sudbury
To the attention of: Station A, PO Box 20000
Located at: P3A 5C1 Sudbury, Ontario

Time for Validation

From the time we receive all of your supplementary information until the time the validation is complete can take up to 4 weeks.

There may be a delay of up to 8 weeks if your case is more complicated than usual, the information you provide is unclear, or necessary documents are missing.

After we've verified everything, we'll get in touch with you.

If you run into trouble during the application process,

When submitting your CWLB application, you may receive an error code. To fix the problem, do as directed by the error message.

We may need more information or documentation from you in order to fully validate your application.

For further information: if you need to verify your application

Applicants who receive the COV-053 error code should not continue with the application process.

If you haven't submitted your tax return for 2020, you might get this message. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) might not have received your paper tax return.

One of the requirements for applying to the CWLB is that you have filed your taxes for 2020. Before you can apply for any CWLB periods in your designated COVID-19 lockdown region, you will need to file your taxes for 2020.

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