Federal Announcements & Resources

FEDERAL  ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Friday, July 19, 2020

The House of Commons passed Bill C-20, which includes an extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and a suite of changes to broaden access to the program to more businesses impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes, originally announced July 17 by the federal Minister of Finance, are intended support more businesses as they reopen and scale up operations and help transition workers back into the economy as it too gradually reopens. The program details will be in effect until November 21, 2020, with the whole program extended to December 19, 2020. The federal government will be releasing additional guidance on the program in the near future on the CEWS CRA page.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) The Federal Government announced Monday, July 13 the extension of CEWS through to December, 2020.

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) will be extended by one month to cover eligible small business rents for July.

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2002

The $500 per week Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program will be extended by eight weeks to the end of August. More information on how to extend your application can be found here.

 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) OPENING May 25, provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:

  • reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants meet operating expenses on commercial properties
  • Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.

 

FEDERAL RESOURCES

The Government of Canada has released resources to ensure businesses and citizens have support during this very fluid situation.

Resources for Canadian Businesses

Support from the Government of Canada:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Extended through end of August Provides $2,000 per month for four months to workers who have lost their income for reasons related to COVID-19

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Extended through December, 2020 — To help companies of all sizes, non-profits, and charities. Provide employers a 75 percent wage subsidy, back-dated to March 15, through to August 29, 2020. This subsidy will cover the first $58,700 per employee – up to $847/week per employee.

NOTE: You can apply for either CERB or CEWS, not both.

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) — Support financing in the private sector with $65 billion in direct lending and other types of financial support. Contact your financial institution to access the various programs.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) OPEN — Up to $40,000 loan, interest-free for one year through financial institutions but fully backed by the federal government for businesses with a 2019 payroll of 20,000 – 1,500,000. Repaying the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25 percent (up to $10,000). Apply through your financial institution.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) OPEN will help small and medium-sized businesses cover their commercial rents (paying less than $50,000 per month) for April, May, and June which will lower payments by 75 percent.

Tax Flexibility — Businesses can defer paying income tax until September 1, 2020. GST payments, duties, and other remittances can be deferred until June

Employment and Social Development Canada — Details for employers on EI applications for their employees and Work-Share Program

COVID-19 Economic Response Plan — $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses (cost and implementation)

You can find additional information at the following link: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business

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