FUNDING: Local Lockdown and Worker Lockdown Programs Extended
The Government of Canada has extended two support programs for businesses and workers: the Local Lockdown and Worker Lockdown Program.
Local Lockdown Program: Eligibility would continue to include employers subject to capacity-limiting restrictions of 50% or more. The current-month revenue decline threshold requirement would remain at 25 per cent. Eligible employers would receive wage and rent subsidies up to a maximum of 75%, depending on degree the of revenue loss. The 12-month revenue decline test is not required to access this support.
Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit: Eligibility would continue to include workers in regions where capacity-limiting restrictions of 50 per cent or more are in place. This benefit provides $300 a week in income support to eligible workers affected by a COVID-19-related public health lockdown order, and who are either unable to work or have lost 50 per cent or more of their income as a result.
There are other extra supports from the federal government, including:
- The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit is available until May 7, 2022. The caregiving benefit has extended from 42 to 44 weeks and the sickness benefit from 4 to 6 weeks.
- The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program. This program is providing support through wage and rent subsidies to hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent.
- The Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program. This program is providing support through wage and rent subsidies with a subsidy rate of up to 50 per cent.
- The Canada Recovery Hiring Program is available until May 7, 2022. This is for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10% and increasing the subsidy rate to 50%.
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