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OTTAWA – The federal government intends the proposed new lockdown benefit only apply to people whose work is interrupted by a full COVID-19 lockdown in their area.

In an interview on CTV’s question period aired on Sunday, Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough said details of the new allowance Canadian lockdowns for workers are still under development and will also depend on public health restrictions imposed by provinces and territories. .

When asked whether to be eligible for the benefit a worker would have to reside in an area with full lockdown or in an area where there are, for example, only capacity restrictions, Qualtrough said “The idea is a complete lockdown”.

“It will depend on how a province or region characterizes, of course, the lockdown. “

The benefit, which replaces the Canadian Recovery Benefit (CRP), is available until May 7, 2022 retroactively to October 24 and provides $ 300 per week to eligible applicants. It is open to workers ineligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and to those who are eligible as long as they do not receive benefits for the same claim period.

A government website says it 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.”

It also notes that people without work or losing income due to refusal to adhere to a vaccination mandate would not be qualified.

The Canadian Worker Lockdown Benefit was announced last week along with a slew of other updates to the now-expired COVID-19 assistance programs, all of which are priced at $ 7.4 billion.

The government is able to extend aid until November 20 through regulatory powers, but will demand legislation to extend it until its new expiration date.

In the new minority parliament due to resume on November 22, the Liberals will seek the electoral support of opposition members to pass the bills.

Qualtrough said she was confident her team would be able to work collaboratively with her colleagues across the aisle.

“We’ve had a lot of practice doing this. We have worked closely with the opposition parties over the past 20 months to ensure that Canadians benefit. There was no disruption, ”she said.

“The Prime Minister is in conversation with the leaders of the opposition. In fact, I have reached out to my detractors and I think we can do it.

In a separate interview on CTV’s Question Period, NDP MP Peter Julian slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for delaying the resumption of Parliament after the election as Canadians still grapple with the fourth wave of the pandemic.

“Canadian families, who depended on the CRB, were arbitrarily cut off, with only a few hours’ notice. It’s a very cruel and callous act, ”he said in a separate interview on CTV’s Question Period.

“Whatever the Liberals are proposing, number one has to go to parliament, but number two, the so-called workers’ lockdown allowance, no region is eligible for it at the moment, which means 880,000 people find themselves without the means to put food on the table. “

Julian did not say whether the NDP would vote in favor of the new measures, but noted that the party never “blindly” supported the Liberals.

Conservative MP Tim Uppal echoed a similar sentiment, noting that parliamentarians should be in the House of Commons to debate changes in income and support for businesses.

“We should be there, we should be debating this law, examining it, examining it in committee. It’s a lot of money, ”he said.

“For the sake of Canadians, we should comb through to make sure we are getting the best value for the money.”

He added that although the party agrees with the abolition of the CRB, it has concerns about other aspects of the announced proposals.

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