As new restrictions sweep the country, a new benefit designed to help workers is locking them out of receiving support because of its specific wording.
The Liberals passed Bill C-2, which created the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB). It is a program intended to give $300 a week to anyone who can’t work because of a COVID-19 lockdown.
However, no one can apply for the benefit as no parts of the country are currently designated as “under lockdown”, even though countless shops, restaurants and bars have been forced to close under provincial law.
“The CWLB is only available when a COVID-19 lockdown order is designated for your region. Your region may be designated if the lockdown lasts for 14 days or more,” the federal government’s website says.
Chrystia Freeland’s office told CTV News on Tuesday that they are looking into whether the lockdown benefit should be changed to “provide more flexibility,” but no word has come yet as to when or if those changes will come.
It’s just another example of poorly thought-out, poorly planned and poorly implemented legislation from the Trudeau Liberals. While politicians’ jobs in Ottawa are safe, us mere citizens are at the mercy of their decision to lock down our economies and make it illegal for us to work. The least they could do then is implement legislation that will protect our livelihoods, but it seems even that is a step too far for the most incompetent government in Canadian history.
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