Earlier today, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed that the Canada Response Benefit (CRB) benefit will expire on October 23. In its place, the federal government says it will launch a “Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit” which will pay $300 per week to eligible workers subject to a provincial lockdown, including those ineligible for EI.

This new program will run from Oct. 24 – May 7 and act as an insurance policy so that provinces do not need to fear about individual economic impacts of a lockdown, should one be necessary. This new program is estimated to cost $7.4 billion.

Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/pandemic-supports-liberals-freeland-1.6219620