COVID-19 Resources

As your business advisor, we are committed to helping you navigate the impact of the pandemic to save you time and help your business through the crisis. 

Updated October 2021

Program Information

The federal government has announced several economic measures to assist employers and their employees as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business Resources

Small and medium sized businesses who are implementing Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program can soon apply for a one time payment of $2000. Additional grant funds will be available to develop or procure training. Stay tuned for more information as the application process begins. 

Along with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program, the CRA has launched a new Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP), including an online calculator to help you prepare your application. The calculator integrates the two programs to show you which program will offer you the most support based on your unique situation. Payments will begin to be issued the week of July 12, 2021. 

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, and charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses. Claims can be backdated to September 27, 2020 and continue until June 2021. 

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was announced on March 27, 2020 to provide eligible employers a 75% wage subsidy for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Important update: CEWS has been extended until October 2021.

KWB’s David Wickenberg and Heather Bowie discuss CEWS and other benefit programs in this TVYOU interview:

 

The 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay from March 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020, up to $1,375 for each eligible employee to a maximum of $25,000 total per employer.

Canada Emergency Business Account

Eligible businesses will receive a $40,000 interest free loan for immediate financial support to cover short term operating expenses, payroll and other non-deferrable expenses which are critical to sustain business continuity.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

The program is administered through CMHC to provide rent relief for small businesses struggling to pay their landlords due to financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 for the months of April, May and June 2020. 

Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers.

The Government of Canada has announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program (CSJP). Now, employers who hire summer students can apply for a subsidy of up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial hourly minimum wage.

Income Tax Filing and Payment Deferrals

Corporations are able to defer, the payment of any income tax amounts and income tax filing deadlines have been extended. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. 

GST/HST Payment Deferrals

Corporations are able to defer, the payment of GST installments or payments due. Filing deadlines remain the same. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. 

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Canadian Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was established to prove $2,000 per month (i.e. $500 per week) to workers who qualify for the benefit for up to 16 weeks.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

Individuals are able to defer, the payment of any income tax amounts and income tax filing deadlines have been extended. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. 

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