Emergency Checklist

Be prepared for any emergency that may occur by creating an Emergency Checklist.  Many businesses are wishing that they had but there is still a lot of value in creating one now. What you need for your Emergency Checklist For starters, your emergency checklist should be outlined in your procedures manual, which documents every routine task […]

Eligibility Criteria Expanded for Canada Emergency Business Account – CEBA

The Government of Canada has announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. The changes to CEBA will allow more Canadian small businesses to access interest free loans of up to $40,000 to help cover operating costs during a period when revenues have been […]

CPP Death Benefit and Survivor Payment

The CPP death benefit is a one-time, lump-sum payment to the estate of the deceased contributor. The CPP death benefit can be paid to: The Estate of the deceased person The person who paid the funeral expenses A surviving spouse or common law partner A next of kin. The Executor is the first person that […]

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

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The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) has been announced 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. Who is Eligible? Affected small business tenants who meet the following criteria: Pay less […]

New Protocol for Applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – 3 April 2020

Due to the volume of Canadians applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canadian Revenue Agency has set new protocol for applying: If you were born in January, February or March, you may apply on Mondays If you were born in April, May or June, you may apply on Tuesdays. If you were born in July, August or September, you may apply on Wednesdays. If […]

Introduction to QBO (Quickbooks Online) Virtual Event – 14 April, 2020

Due to new legislation, we are hosting a “virtual” learning event at noon on the 14th of April 2020. If you own a small business and are interested in moving your books to the “cloud”, this event is for you! Alternatively, if you are already using QBO but need a refresher or have questions regarding […]

NEW information – CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit)

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CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) Update – 1 April 2020 The Government of Canada will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to: workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support. workers who are sick, quarantined, or […]

Update – The Canada 75 % Wage Subsidy

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Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, announced today (April 1st, 2020) that the 75 % wage subsidy would be available within 3-6 weeks time. What we know so far: The subsidy is available to all businesses, charities and non-profit organizations as long as they can prove that they have lost 30 % of their revenue due to COVID-19. […]

What is the Work-Sharing Program?

Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides EI benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is an […]

Essential Services – Is your Business on the List?

Overview The businesses and services on the essential services list can continue to provide services at locations accessible to the public and must have proper risk mitigation measures in place, such as sanitation stations and appropriate distancing between customers. The intent of this list is to provide general guidance to business owners and operators. It […]