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Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)

Eligibility criteria - Closed

Status: Closed

The CWLB closed to retroactive applications on May 19, 2022. You can no longer apply for this benefit.

To be eligible for the $300 CWLB payment, you must have met all the following conditions during the 1-week period you applied for:

  • Definition

    You lived and had a home in Canada, but did not have to be a citizen or a permanent resident.

    What counts towards the $5,000

    Counts as income:

    • All employment or self-employment income, including:
      • tips
      • non-eligible dividends
      • honoraria (nominal amounts paid to volunteers)
      • royalties (payments to artists)

    Does not count as income:

    • disability benefits
    • student loans, bursaries or scholarships
    • social assistance or family support payments
    • Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Québec Pension Plan (QPP), or other pension income
    • Old Age Security (OAS) payments
    • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
    Choosing not to work from home

    If you were able to work from home (telework), you were not eligible for the CWLB

  • Exceptions

    This did not apply to you if you were isolating because:

    • you travelled for medical treatment certified by a medical practitioner
    • you accompanied a person who is not able to travel without help from an attendant to get medical treatment certified by a medical practitioner
    • you travelled for work that is normally exempt from quarantine when you returned to Canada, but the lockdown order required you to self-isolate
  • If you do not file by the required dates, you will need to return any payments you received.

If you did not meet the above criteria, you were not eligible for the CWLB.

Find out if you need to repay the CWLB.

Note: Incarcerated individuals in prison or other institutions were not likely to meet all the eligibility criteria. Those on day parole or who could legally seek employment may have been eligible if all criteria were met.

Verifying your eligibility

The CRA will verify that you were eligible to receive the CWLB. We may ask you to provide additional details to validate your application.

Individuals who are found to have intentionally made fraudulent claims may face additional consequences, such as penalties or possible jail time.

To report any suspected misuse, go to: CRA's Leads program.

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