Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

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This page was last updated on July 23, 2020.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – EXISTING RULES

On April 11, 2020, the government established a wage subsidy program for Canadian employers whose businesses were affected by COVID-19. Eligible employers were able to receive a subsidy of 75% of employee wages from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020 under this original program. On May 15, 2020, the Prime Minister announced that the program would be extended until August 29, 2020.

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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – PROPOSED CHANGES

On July 17, 2020, the Finance Minister announced significant planned changes to the CEWS program. These proposed changes are not yet law. 

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