Minister Fortier Highlights Government Support for Businesses at Ottawa Board of Trade
“Canada's economic response plan to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the largest and most rapidly deployed peacetime investment in Canadian history. In this unprecedented time, we will continue to work hard to ensure businesses get the support they need to pay their bills and retain or rehire employees so that they are better poised for success in the post-pandemic recovery.’’
- Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
The government has taken many actions to support Canadian businesses through the outbreak of COVID-19, with targeted new initiatives that:
- Increase credit available for farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.
- Extend the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program, from 38 weeks to 76 weeks, for workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.
- Defer the payment of income taxes. The government is allowing all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief will apply to new balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.
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Office of the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada
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