In order to receive the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB), you must first apply for it through CRB Canada (CERB Canada).

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) is a monetary payment of $300 ($270 after taxes withheld) for each week that you are locked out of your place of employment and meet all the other requirements for receiving the CWLB.

The Canadian Wage Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) application procedure.

For each qualifying worker in Canada, the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) will pay $300 ($270 after taxes). 1-week  period

COVID-19 lockdown regionWhen your area is placed under a COVID-19 lockdown, you will have access to the CWLB.

Criteria for Eligibility

For the following to apply to you, please ensure that you: 1-week time frame you're requesting:

One of your primary places of abode is Canada, and you are either a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident with a home in Canada. ) You visited Canada, right? You must be at least 15 years of age. It's safe to assume that your SIN is legitimate.

These are some things you didn't get during that time period that you might have expected:

    • Benefits from Employment Insurance (EI)
    • The Canadian Sickness and Recovery Benefit (CRSB)
    • The Caregiver Recovery Tax Credit in Canada
    • The Quebec Health Insurance Plan for Parents (QPIP)
    • benefits for temporary incapacity
  • For any given time period, you are only eligible to receive one benefit. The CWLB disqualifies you if you receive any other benefits for the same time period. Any money you've been paid so far must be returned.

What you've earned is at least ,000 in 2020 or 2021, or within the previous 12 months prior to the application date:

  • pay received from a job (either in full or as a percentage of a total).
  • net  self-employment profit (after deducting expenditures)
  • welfare payments for new mothers and fathers, such as those provided by EI or the Quebec Parental Insurance Program (QPIP
  • Benefits from the Social Security Administration, either standard, supplemental, or fishing-related
  • sums derived from these COVID-19  benefits:
    • The Benefit for Canadians in Times of Emergency (or CERB)
    • The Economic Recovery of Canada (ERCB)
    • Benefit to Caregivers of Canadians in Need of Care (CRCB)
    • Canadian Sickness and Recovery Benefit (CRSB).

  Considerations regarding the definition of "income"

  • Complete salary or self-employment pay, including:
    • tips
    • unqualified dividends
    • volunteer work in exchange for a nominal honorarium.
    • Payments made to creators (known as royalties)

Things that are not considered money:

  • Income Replacement for the Disabled
  • financial aid in the form of grants, loans, or scholarships
  • aid for the needy; monetary support for families
  • Whether from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or the Québec Pension Plan (QPP), or another pension plan,
  • Pensions from the Old Age Security program
  • The Canadian Emergency Support for Students (CESB)

You submitted a tax return for the year 2020.

Whether it's the place you call home or the one where you run a business, you're always operating within a certain geographical area. COVID-19 area under lockdown
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Assigned to a specific COVID-19 The implementation of lockdown in your area led to either of the following:

    • You had to go from employed to unemployed
    • You worked for yourself but were unable to keep going with it.
    • you were either gainfully employed or self-employed, but had a 50% average weekly income that has decreased since last year
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Except when it would have been prudent to do so, you refrained from doing the following:

  • leaving one's place of employment
  • give up on your job on your own accord
  • dismiss acceptable employment
  • to ignore your employer's requests to return to work
  • lose the opportunity to return to self-employment by not doing so

If you don't want to telecommute:

  • The CWLB disqualifies those who have the option to work remotely (telework).

That's the COVID-19 vaccination, but it's not necessary if you already have one.

Even though you were abroad, you weren't quarantined or living in isolation.


  • If you were isolated due to:

    • you went somewhere for official medical care
    • You accompanied a person who required your assistance to travel to a medical provider for treatment approved by a physician.
    • You were required to self-isolate despite the fact that you traveled for work, which normally exempts you from quarantine upon your return to Canada.

    Call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 to apply if you fall into one of these categories and meet all other requirements.

If you are receiving the benefit for a period beginning in 2022, you must file your 2021 and 2022 tax returns by December 31, 2023. If you are 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 not submitted by the deadlines. Any money you've been given must be returned. To qualify for the CWLB, you must satisfy all of the following conditions.

Prisoners and other people who are currently confined to a facility are not likely to fulfill all of the requirements for eligibility. Those who are on day parole or have the legal right to look for work may qualify.

Eligibility Checking

The CRA will check if you meet the requirements to get the CWLB. In order to verify your application, we may require additional information from you.

It is possible that those who knowingly submit false claims will face additional consequences such as fines or even jail time.

You can use the CRA's Leads program to file a complaint about any suspected abuse.

If you need to verify your application

The CRA may request additional documentation from you in order to validate your application. Until the verification process is complete, we are unable to issue payment.

Possible Required Proofs of Identity Documents

In order to verify your application, we may ask you for the following. Documents you submit to the CRA may be checked for legitimacy.

Validation documents are due to the CRA within 30 days of application submission.

Those of you who are or were workers
  • Statements of Earnings from Recent Times
  • Wage and employment details can be verified via an electronic letter of employment verification.
  • Log of Hours Worked
  • Paycheck stubs or benefit deposit records that include your name and address
  • A summary of federal or provincial benefits
In case you are or were a business owner,
  • Receipt for services rendered that details the following:
    • time of service
    • to whom the service was rendered
    • identify the person or organization
  • Confirmation that the service provider has been paid for their work (in the form of a receipt or an updated bill of sale).
  • Proof of earnings from "trade or business," whether as a sole proprietor, contractor, or partner.
  • In the absence of such proof, any other document attesting to your earnings ,000 in earnings from work or self-employment
  • Proof of identity and benefit deposits in a bank account
  • Verification of Federal or Provincial Benefits
If you were receiving state or federal aid,
  • Proof of identity and benefit deposits in a bank account
  • The Benefits Proposition

Steps to take when submitting proof of identity

Online Use the CRA's online submission system, My Account, to hand over your paperwork.
  • Go to CRA's My Account and sign in.
  • Click the button labeled "Submit documents" (located in the upper right corner).
  • Type in your reference or case number here.
  • Choose "Submit necessary documentation for COVID-19 "maintenance grants"
  • Provide a brief summary of your submission and any supporting materials you'd like to include.
By fax Please fax us your paperwork.
  • If you have a case or reference number, please include it on the cover sheet along with your full name, SIN, the daytime phone number you can be reached at, and the number of pages you're faxing.
  • Please put "Supporting Documents for" on the cover sheet. COVID-19 the receipt of maintenance funds"
  • You can send a fax to 1-833-325-0555
By mail Make a postal request.

Centre fiscal de Sudbury
Mail Stop A, PO Box 20000
P.O. Box 3A, Section C1, Sudbury, Ontario, P3A 5C1

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.

It could take up to 8 weeks if your case is more complicated, your information is unclear, or necessary documents are missing.

Once the verification is complete, we will get in touch with you.

If you run into trouble during the application process,

During the CWLB application process, you may receive an error code. To fix the problem, do as instructed in the error message.

Your application may need further verification because some required details are missing or because we require more information to make a determination.

Please see this page for more information if you need to verify your application.

Applying and getting the error message "COV-053" is a major setback.

This error message may appear if you have not submitted your 2020 tax return. It's possible the CRA hasn't gotten your tax return yet if you sent it in on paper.

To apply for the CWLB, you must, among other things, 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 2020 taxes.

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