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Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Changes to lockdown support – May, 20, 2021

The CRA has made changes to the CERS online calculator regarding the calculation of lockdown support.

If a lockdown period is one week or longer, you may qualify for lockdown support even if the minimum lockdown period of one week overlaps two different claim periods.

If you used the CERS calculator on or before May 20, 2021, it may not have accurately calculated your lockdown support if your lockdown period overlapped two or more claim periods.

Find out how this change affects lockdown support eligibility

Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.

This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.

If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.

Next deadline

July 15, 2021: Last day to apply for claim period 4

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