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Support for employers: CRA and COVID-19

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.

Starting April 27, 2020, eligible employers can apply in CRA My Business Account or through a separate online application form.

Get ready to apply:  Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

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10% Temporary wage subsidy for employers

The Government announced a 10% temporary wage subsidy for employers for a period of 3 months.

Eligible employers (individuals (excluding trusts), certain partnerships, non-profit organizations, registered charities, or Canadian-controlled private corporations) who pay salary, wages, or taxable benefits to employees, between March 18, 2020 and June 19, 2020, can reduce payroll remittances of federal, provincial, or territorial income tax by the amount of the subsidy. This measure is only applicable to remittances made to the CRA.

Learn more: FAQs for temporary wage subsidy for employers

Deferral of GST/HST Remittances

The CRA will allow all businesses to defer, until June 30, 2020, any GST/HST payments or remittances that become owing on or after March 27, 2020, and before July 2020. This means that no interest will apply if your payments or remittances are made by June 30, 2020.

Businesses that continue to experience difficulty in remitting GST/HST and customs duty amounts owing can contact the CRA and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to make a request for the cancellation of penalties and interest, and/or for a flexible payment arrangement with the CRA.

Learn more: FAQs for deferral of GST/HST Tax Remittances

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