Coronavirus & benefits for workers: Which are for you?

“When the pandemic first hit, my workplace shut down. I applied for the CERB, which helped me weather things until I got called back to work. Now, my company is struggling again. I think I may be out of a job soon. Am I eligible for EI, or one of the recovery benefits?”

– Shannon, Vancouver, BC

Millions of Canadians continue to feel the economic sting of the coronavirus pandemic. To help ease the burden, the federal government first introduced emergency benefits for workers, and then a series of relief benefits. We’re here to help you determine which benefits are a fit for your situation. 


The Canada worker lockdown benefit program and both recovery benefit programs expired on May 7, 2022. Applications for these benefits are now closed. See the federal government's website for more info.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in July 2022
  • Time to read: 8 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Kevin Love, Community Legal Assistance Society

Kevin Love

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