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Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)

How to apply

Make sure you're properly set up. Refer to: Get ready to apply.

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Apply online or by phone

You must apply for each 1-week period separately.

  1. Apply

    Read the privacy statement

    When you apply for the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB), your personal information is collected under the authority of the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Act, which is being jointly administered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Your personal information will be used for the purpose of (i) administering your application, and could be used for (ii) issuing a payment to you, (iii) verifying that you meet the program's eligibility requirements, and to (iv) collect any overpayments or erroneous payments that may have been issued to you. Failure to provide information will affect your consideration for benefits.

    Please note that to process your application we will need to access information in your tax file. Your information may also be disclosed to other federal, provincial, territorial or Indigenous peoples' government institutions to the extent authorized by law. Failure to provide this information will make it impossible for us to process your application.

    Under the Privacy Act, you have a right of protection, access to and correction of your personal information and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding our handling of your information. Personal information banks for this program are under development and will be available in Info Source.


    Apply using your CRA My AccountRegister

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    By phone:
    Contact the CRA to apply by phone or TTY
  2. Provide additional information if requested by the CRA

    If your application needs further validation, you may need to provide more details. You must give this information to the CRA within 30 days to complete your application.

    For details: If your application needs validation.

Apply each week to keep getting your payments

The CWLB does not renew automatically. If your regional lockdown continues, you must re-apply for each 1-week period separately.

You can only apply after the 1-week period you're applying for has ended. The application process is the same each time. Find out which periods are open for application.

Make sure you are still eligible

To re-apply, you must continue to meet all the eligibility criteria to keep receiving the benefit.

When to expect your payment

If you're eligible for the CWLB, you can expect to get $300 ($270 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period you applied for.

Processing time without validation

Direct deposit
Direct deposit takes about 3 to 5 business days if you have it set up with the CRA.
By mail
A mailed cheque should arrive in about 10 to 12 business days.

Processing time with validation

If your application requires validation, processing may take up to 4 weeks from the time we receive your documentation.

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