Finance Minister Bill Morneau has announced a second extension to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Program until Dec. 19, 2020, plus additional amendments to the program that will support businesses in the coming months as they rebuild their workforces.
In addition to the extension, the program now includes two levels of support to address the uneven impact of COVID-19 across various sectors. This was an issue CAF focused on in our communications with the Department of Finance, as the apparel sector in particular was one of the hardest hit and continues to face a significant liquidity crisis. The 30 per cent revenue reduction requirement has also been removed, allowing businesses who have had any reduction in revenue to receive a subsidy proportional to their revenue loss. The new levels of support offered by CEWS are as follows:
You must submit a separate application for each CEWS claim period you are eligible for. Current claim periods open for application:
The CRA will be introducing a process that will enable employers to correct errors in previously submitted claims. Employers who have made business decisions for July and August will not receive a subsidy rate lower than they would have received under previous rules.
CAF surveyed members in early June to determine whether an additional extension (or other changes) to CEWS would be beneficial. In the following weeks, CAF and other associations lobbied for the federal government to focus more on future-oriented programming that would better support employment and economic recovery. These changes will require legislative changes, which will be discussed when the House of Commons sits on July 22.
For more information on the amendments to CEWS, click here to visit the backgrounder by the Department of Finance. For more information on CAF’s lobbying efforts in this area, contact Bob Kirke at firstname.lastname@example.org.