Completed measures to respond to COVID-19

The Government of Canada has taken immediate action through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of COVID-19. Below are the completed measures that the Government of Canada put in place to respond to COVID-19.

Support for individuals

Individuals and families

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

We provided a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 28 weeks to eligible workers who stopped working or whose work hours were reduced due to COVID-19.

End date: September 27th, 2020

Extra time to fill and pay your income tax balances

We extended the filling date for tax returns from individuals.

End date: June 1st, 2020

We also extended the payment due date for 2019 individual tax returns.

End date: September 30th, 2020

Increasing the Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

An extra $300 per child was delivered through the CCB for 2019-20.

End date: May 20th, 2020

Special Goods and Services Tax credit payment

We provided a one-time special payment through the Goods and Services Tax credit for low and modest-income families.

End date: April 9th, 2020

Post-secondary students and recent graduates

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

We provided a taxable benefit of $1,250 every 4 weeks to students or $2,000 to students with dependents or with disability who were not eligible for CERB or EI or unable to work due to COVID-19.

End date: September 30th, 2020

Suspending repayment and interest on student and apprentice loans

We suspended loan repayments and interest for all student loan borrowers.

End date: September 30th, 2020

Supporting student researchers and post-doctoral fellows

We provided funding to support a one-semester extension for students whose research scholarships or fellowships end between March and August 2020 and who intend to continue their studies.

Supporting international students working in an essential service

We removed the restriction that allows international students to work only a maximum of 20 hours per week. This applied to those working in an essential service, such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods.

End date: August 31st, 2020

Seniors

Providing a one-time tax-free payment for Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement

We provided a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

End date: July 10th, 2020

Support for business

Avoiding layoffs, rehiring employees and creating new jobs

Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy

The Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy was a three-month measure that allowed eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency.

End date: June 19th, 2020

Taxes and tariffs

Extra time to fill and pay your income tax balances

We extended the filling date for tax returns.

End date: June 1st, 2020

We also extended the payment due date for 2019 tax returns.

End date: September 30th, 2020

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments

We allowed businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer payments of the GST/HST, as well as customs duty owing on their imports.

End date: June 30th, 2020

Financial support, loans and access to credit

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

We provided relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The CECRA covered 50 % of the rent, with the tenant paying up to 25 % and the property owner forgiving at least 25%.

End date: October 31, 2020

Northern Business Relief Fund

We provided $15 million in non-repayable support for businesses in the territories to help address the impacts of COVID-19.

End date: July 31, 2020

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for early-stage businesses

We invested $250 million to assist innovative, early-stage companies that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

End date: April 29th, 2020

Targeted support

Women entrepreneurs

We provided $15 million through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy to organizations that provided support and advice to women entrepreneurs facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Self-employed

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

We provided a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 28 weeks to eligible workers who stopped working or whose work hours were reduced due to COVID-19.

End date: September 27th, 2020

Extra time to fill and pay your income tax balances

We extended the filling date for tax returns.

End date: June 1st, 2020

We also extended the payment due date for 2019 tax returns.

End date: September 30th, 2020

Support for sectors

Agriculture and agri-food

Helping food producers access more PPE and adapt to health protocols

We launched a $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers access more personal protective equipment, adapt to health protocols, automate or modernize their facilities, processes, and operations, and respond to emerging pressures from COVID-19.

End date: July 31st, 2020

Helping redistribute existing and unsold inventories

We launched the Surplus Food Purchase Program with an initial $50 million fund designed to help redistribute existing and unsold inventories, which could include products such as potatoes and poultry, to local food organizations who are serving vulnerable Canadians.

End date: July 31st, 2020

Aquaculture and fisheries

Fish Harvester Benefit

We launched the Fish Harvester Benefit to provide income support to eligible self-employed fish harvesters and sharespersons crew who cannot access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

End date: October 19, 2020

Fish Harvester Grant

We launched the Fish Harvester Grant that to provide non-repayable grant of up to $10,000 to self-employed fish harvesters with a valid commercial fishing licence in 2020 and non-deferrable business costs of up to $40,000.

End date: October 19, 2020

Tourism

Deferring payments on commercial leases and licenses of occupation

We deferred payments on commercial leases and licences of occupation without interest until September 1, 2020 for tourism operators in national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas.

End date: September 1st, 2020

We also waived up to 75% of commercial rents for the months of April, May and June 2020 or equivalent amounts of annual rents.

Support for organizations helping Canadians

Services to those in need

Helping vulnerable Canadians

We invested $350 million to support vulnerable Canadians through charities and non-profit organizations that deliver essential services to those in need.

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