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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Compare the CEWS and the CRHP

A proposal has been made to continue the CEWS until October 2021, including possible changes to the rates as of claim period 20. Read the July 30 announcement and check back soon for details.

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Which subsidy to apply for

The CEWS and CRHP are both available for claim periods 17 to 20. If you are eligible for both, apply for whichever subsidy gives you the higher amount:

  • you can apply for a different subsidy each claim period

  • you cannot receive both subsidies in one claim period

The online calculator or downloadable spreadsheet calculates both subsidies for claim periods 17 to 20. It will show you both results, so you can see the higher amount for your situation.

Apply separately for each payroll (RP) account

CEWS
  • Yes
CRHP
  • No

What time periods the subsidies cover

The CEWS and CRHP are both based on four-week claim periods. Currently, the two subsidies overlap for four of these claim periods, from June 6 to September 25, 2021 (periods 17 to 20). For these claim periods, if you are eligible for both subsidies, you can apply for either the CEWS or CRHP, whichever gives you the higher amount.

Time periods the subsidies cover
Claim period Apply for
1 to 16 (March 15, 2020 to June 5, 2021) Only CEWS
17 to 20 (June 6 to September 25, 2021) Either CEWS or CRHP
21 and 22 (September 26 to November 20, 2021) Only CRHP

Some claim periods are now closed for application.

Who is eligible to apply

Most of the eligibility criteria for the CEWS and CRHP are the same, including payroll account requirements and required revenue drops.

Most types of employers who are eligible for the CEWS will also be eligible for the CRHP. However, there are some additional requirements for for-profit corporations and partnerships to be eligible for the CRHP:

For-profit corporations may be eligible for the CRHP only if they are:

  • Canadian-controlled private corporations, or
  • cooperative corporations that are eligible for the small business deduction

Partnerships may be eligible for the CRHP only if at least half of the interest in the partnership is held by employers who are eligible for the CRHP.

Which employees' pay affects your claim

Pay amounts needed to calculate CEWS and CRHP
Type of employee CEWS CRHP
Eligible employees who actively worked that week
  • Amount paid for each week in the claim period
  • Pre-crisis pay (if non-arm’s length)
  • Amount paid for each week in the claim period
  • Amount paid for each week in the base period
  • Pre-crisis pay (if non-arm’s length)
Eligible employees who were on leave with pay that week
  • Amount paid for each week in the claim period, except for period 20
  • Pre-crisis pay, except for period 20
  • Not included in the calculation

Details about employee situations, what type of pay is eligible, and calculating pay for different time periods:

Calculation similarities and differences

Revenue drop

Your revenue drop only needs to be calculated once each claim period, whether you claim the CEWS or CRHP.

The CEWS uses your revenue drop percentage determine if you qualify for the subsidy for a claim period and to calculate your subsidy.

The CRHP uses your revenue drop percentage only to determine if you qualify for the subsidy.

The online calculator or downloadable spreadsheet will ask for the information necessary to calculate your claim, and will determine which subsidy will give you the higher amount.

Overview of calculation similarities and differences

Revenue drop required

CEWSOption 1 of 2
  • Period 17: more than 0%
  • Periods 18-20: more than 10%
CRHPOption 2 of 2
  • Period 17: more than 0%
  • Periods 18-22: more than 10%

Subsidy rate

CEWSOption 1 of 2

Varies depending on how much your revenue dropped

CRHPOption 2 of 2

Fixed rate for each period

Top-up amount

CEWSOption 1 of 2
  • Available, depending on how much your revenue dropped
CRHPOption 2 of 2
  • Not available

Employee pay factor in calculation

CEWSOption 1 of 2

Generally based on the amount you paid to eligible employees for the claim period

May include amounts for employees on leave with pay (furloughed)

CEWSOption 1 of 2
  • Periods 17 to 19: yes
  • Period 20: no
CRHPOption 2 of 2
  • No

Includes refund of employer-paid portions of CPP/QPP/EI/QPIP for employees on leave with pay

CEWSOption 1 of 2
  • Yes
CRHPOption 2 of 2
  • No

Subtracts amounts received through the ESDC's work-sharing program

CEWSOption 1 of 2
  • Yes
CRHPOption 2 of 2
  • No

Subject to possible repayment based on executive compensation

CRHPOption 2 of 2
  • No

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