Certain businesses and individuals may benefit from new changes to some of Canada's COVID-19 support programs. Finance recently announced that it intends to temporarily expand the Local Lockdown Program to include employers subject to capacity-limiting restrictions of 50% or more and to reduce the revenue decline threshold requirement. In addition, Finance plans to temporarily expand the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit to include workers in provinces or territories that have introduced similar capacity-limiting restrictions. Finance notes that updated regulations to reflect these changes will apply from December 19, 2021 to February 12, 2022.

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