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Major Updates on Wage Subsidy Program

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The federal government has provided more details regarding the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program. There are increased amounts and lower thresholds.

woman in empty office - Wage Subsidy updates

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

On July 17, 2020, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the following regarding CEWS:

  • It will be available to the end of December 19, 2020; and
  • For periods July to November, 2020:
    • The 30% revenue reduction requirement will be reduced to “any reduction”; and
    • There will be up to a 25% additional subsidy if the revenue decline is greater than 50%. This is capped at $960 per employee per week. These numbers change over the periods.

Base Subsidy for All Employers Impacted by the Crisis

  • The base CEWS will be a specified rate, applied to the amount of remuneration paid to the employee for the eligibility period, on remuneration of up to $1,129 per week. The rate of the base CEWS will now vary depending on the level of revenue decline, and its application will be extended to employers with a revenue decline of less than 30%.
  • The maximum base CEWS rate will be provided to employers with a revenue drop of 50% or more.
  • The maximum base CEWS rate will be gradually reduced from 60% in Period 5 and Period 6 (July 5 to August 29, 2020) to 20% in Period 9 (October 25 to November 21, 2020).

Top-Up Subsidy for the Most Adversely Affected Employers

  • A top-up CEWS of up to 25% will be available to employers that are the most adversely impacted by the pandemic. Generally, an eligible employer’s top-up CEWS will be determined based on the revenue drop experienced when comparing revenues in the preceding three months to the same months in the prior year.

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