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COVID-19 Resources: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Period 1 to Period 4

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

Updated: April 11th 2020

What is the CEWS?

  1. 75% wage subsidy

  2. Up to a maximum $847/week per employee

  3. For employees that have had NOT been without remuneration for over 14 consecutive days in the eligibility periods: March 15 to April 11, April 12 to May 9, May 10 to June 6

  4. Business should make every effort to pay the other 25% of the wages

  5. This government assistance will be included in the employer’s taxable income

How does my Business Qualify ?

  1. Legal Structures that qualify: Sole Props, Partnerships, Corporations, Not for Profits

  2. Prove 15% decrease in gross revenue between this March 2020 and March 2019 OR between March 2020 and the average of January or February 2020.

  3. Prove 30% decrease in gross revenue for the months of April and May

  4. Choose the accrual or cash method at the onset of the CEWS – cannot be changed later

  5. This subsidy can be applied to : New Hires, Non-arm’s length employees employed prior to March 15 2020

  6. Proposed refund the employer’s contribution to EI and CPP for employees in leave with pay and those eligible for CEWS

  7. Cannot be combined with 10% payroll deduction subsidy

  8. Know that this will a reimbursement model. The subsidy will flow in six weeks from today. (Refer to the Updated date above)

How to Apply?

  1. Portal will be set up within 3-6 weeks (Refer to the Updated date above

  2. You must re-apply on a 4-week basis based on the following periods: March 15 to April 11, April 12 to May 9, May 10 to June 6

Our recommendation at this point is that you have the Business Account with CRA in working order. Make sure that you have input the business direct deposit information to speed up the process.

Feel free to reach us if you have any questions about how to access or understand if this is a suitable option for your business.

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