COVID-19: 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy for Canadian Businesses

COVID-19: 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy for Canadian Businesses

In order to help Canadian businesses, the federal government has announced its plans to offer a 75% wage subsidy for qualifying businesses.  This applies to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors.

In order to qualify, a business must be able to prove a loss of at least 15% of revenue in March 2020 and 30% for the following months.  This measure will be backdated to March 15, as way to incentivize employers to re-hire employees that may have been laid off.

It would apply to 75% of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per employee.  This program would be in place for a 12-week period from March 15 to June 6.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Employers must prove a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March and 30% in April or May, when compared to the same month in 2019.
  • Employers of all sizes and across all sectors are eligible, with the exception of public sector entities.
  • The wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees.
  • All employers would be expected to at least make best efforts to top up salaries to 100% of the maximum wages covered.

A funding portal – through CRA – will be available shortly.

Organizations that do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy can qualify for the previously announced wage subsidy for 10%, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Click here for more information.