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It's official. All of Canada's remaining COVID-19 emergency benefits have ended and there are apparently no plans to bring them back.

Saturday, May 7 was the last day that Canadians were able to claim any of a number of support benefits, including the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit.

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People in B.C. who have been displaced or left jobless by the extreme flooding should apply for employment insurance benefits — even if they wouldn't normally be eligible.

That was the message from Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough on Sunday as the feds announced that they are waiving the requirement for people to show a record of employment to claim the benefits.

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In October, the federal government confirmed that two of Canada's COVID-19 benefits would be extended until November 20, with a proposal to extend further until May 2022: the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.*

While the Canada Recovery Benefit has officially ended, the remaining two benefits will continue to be available to those who need them.

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The federal government has released more rules about who can claim benefits in Canada, and it's not good news for those who have lost their job over a vaccine mandate.

According to notices on the government website, the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit and Employment Insurance will most likely not apply to people who are out of work due to a refusal to get vaccinated.

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The federal government has confirmed that the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) will not be available to people who have lost their jobs due to their refusal to get vaccinated.

Announced by Deputy PM and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on October 21, the aim of the benefit is to provide income support to workers whose employment is interrupted by government-imposed public health lockdown scenarios.

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