As a temporary worker, can I qualify for the pandemic relief benefits for workers?

I’m not a Canadian citizen and I’m on a work permit. I’m not sure if I can qualify for government benefits.



Vancouver, BC

To be eligible for the Canada recovery sickness or caregiving benefits, or the Canada worker lockdown benefit introduced in late 2021, you must reside in Canada and have a valid social insurance number.

Workers who aren't Canadian citizens or permanent residents — including temporary foreign workers and international students — may be eligible to receive these benefits if they meet the other requirements. We explain the requirements here.

David Kandestin

David Kandestin

People's Law School
  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in January 2022

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