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Ottawa planning new ‘lockdown benefit’ to provide income during public-health shutdowns

People who lose jobs due to vaccine refusals won't be eligible for benefit


The federal government is planning a new “lockdown benefit” to provide income to Canadians who can’t work because of government-imposed public health lockdowns.

“Canada is still fighting the fourth wave of this pandemic and it is particularly virulent in some parts of the country,” it said in a press release.

“The Government of Canada wants to ensure that if another level of government takes a decision to impose a temporary lockdown to save lives and stop the spread, they can do so with full confidence that individuals will get the income support they need.”

It announced plans to introduce legislation for the new Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, which would provide income support to workers whose employment is interrupted by specific government-imposed public health lockdown scenarios and who are unable to work due to such restrictions.

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What the benefit offers

The new benefit would be:

  • $300 a week.
  • Strictly available to workers whose work interruption is a direct result of a government-imposed public health lockdown.
  • Available until May 7, 2022, with retroactive application to October 24, 2021 should the situation warrant it.
  • Accessible for the entire duration of a government-imposed public health lockdown (up until May 7, 2022).
  • Available to workers who are ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and those who are eligible for EI, as long as they are not paid benefits through EI for the same period.

Individuals whose loss of income or employment is due to their refusal to adhere to a vaccine mandate would not be able to access the benefit.


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1 Comment » for Ottawa planning new ‘lockdown benefit’ to provide income during public-health shutdowns
  1. Brian says:

    “The Government of Canada wants to ensure that if another level of government takes a decision to impose a temporary lockdown to save lives and stop the spread, they can do so with full confidence that individuals will get the income support they need.” What a joke! That’s great if you make $15/hr and only work 20 hrs/week.

    I can’t help but think that if the federal government is implementing a benefit for lockdowns, that they already have plans for future lockdowns. Even though lockdowns have never been shown to have any benefit for slowing the spread of a virus. In fact there is more evidence that proves lockdowns have a negative effect on individuals and businesses.

    It’s not shocking that there will be no help for those who have exercised their rights by refusing the non approved vaccine. It’s absolutely absurd how many people have lost their jobs due to this illegal mandate. There are many doctors and nurses who were hero’s last year and this year they are forced out of their jobs! A job isn’t a privilege that can be taken away from you, it’s your God given right. It’s a proven fact that the ‘vaccine’ does not stop you from getting or transmitting the virus, so why are the vaccinated still allowed to go to work?! Many doctors and nurses are speaking out and admitting that many patients in the hospitals with Covid are double vaxxed.

    It’s high time the government stops interfering with our lives! Let the virus work itself out by natural herd immunity and have everyone go back to work so that we can be a productive society again.

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