New Benefits for Aid Workers and Businesses Impacted By Future COVID Lockdowns
Dec. 22, 2021
It was announced this week by Prime Minister Trudeau that eligibility requirements would be loosened to provide aid to those affected by recent capacity restrictions put in place in response to rising cases of the virus. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough said on Wednesday that through regulatory powers, Ottawa will make changes to the Local Lockdown Program and the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit.
This will affect many of our members including hair and nail salons. The local lockdown program will include employers subject to capacity-limiting restrictions of 50 percent or more. The government is also reducing the current monthly revenue decline threshold from 40 percent to 25 percent. Eligible employers will receive wage and rent subsidies between 25 percent to 75 percent.
With the adjustments, the worker lockdown benefit will apply to workers in regions where provincial or territorial governments have introduced capacity-limiting restrictions of 50 per cent or more. The benefit provides $300 a week to those eligible.