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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

How to apply

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Before you apply

Answer these questions to ensure your application will be quick and easy:

Confirm that the claim period you are applying for is open

Choose the claim period you are applying for

  • Period 1: March 15 to April 11, 2020
  • Period 2: April 12 to May 9, 2020
  • Period 3: May 10 to June 6, 2020
  • Period 4: June 7 to July 4, 2020
  • Period 5: July 5 to August 1, 2020
  • Period 6: August 2 to August 29, 2020
  • Period 7: August 30 to September 26, 2020
  • Period 8: September 27 to October 24, 2020
  • Period 9: October 25 to November 21, 2020
  • Period 10: November 22 to December 19, 2020
  • Period 11: December 20, 2020 to January 16, 2021
  • Period 12: January 17 to February 13, 2021
  • Period 13: February 14 to March 13, 2021
  • Period 14: March 14 to April 10, 2021
  • Period 15: April 11 to May 8, 2021
  • Period 16: May 9 to June 5, 2021

Confirm you have completed the calculations

Have you calculated the subsidy amount for your business?

  • Yes

    Do you expect a payment of $25 million or more?

    • No
    • Yes
  • No

Set up direct deposit

Direct deposit payments take 3 to 5 business days. A cheque takes about 10 business days.

Is your direct deposit information up to date with the CRA?

  • Yes
  • No - I want to set it up
  • No - I prefer to receive my payment by cheque

Apply for CEWS

You must submit a separate application for each claim period you are eligible for, and for each payroll (RP) account you have.

Read the Privacy Statement

Privacy Notice for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

When you apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), your information is collected under the authority of the Income Tax Act as part of the Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time the relevant personal information bank, CRA PPU 231, may not have been registered.

The information you provide will be used for the purpose of (i) administering your application, and could be used for (ii) issuing a payment to your business, (iii) verifying that your business meets the program’s eligibility requirements, and (iv) to collect any overpayments or erroneous payments that may have been issued. Failure to provide information will affect consideration for the subsidy. Providing false information may lead to penalties and other serious consequences.

Please note that to process your application we will need to access information in your tax file. Information regarding your participation in the program may be disclosed to the public in accordance with the Income Tax Act.

Under the Privacy Act, you have a right of protection, access to and correction of your personal information and to file a complaint with the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding our handling of your information.

For an in-depth understanding of the online application requirements and input fields, refer to the application guide.

There are three ways to apply:

Option 1

Most businesses may apply using My Business Account

Sign in to My Business Account Register for My Business Account

Option 2

Business representatives may apply using Represent a Client
Note: Only representatives authorized at Level 2 or 3 will be able to apply

Sign in to Represent a Client Register for Represent a Client

Attestation form for representatives

If you are completing the application as a representative of an employer, you are required to have the owner (or person who is financially responsible) complete and sign an attestation form. Keep this signed form in case we ask you to submit it in the future.


Option 3

If neither is an option for you, use the Web Forms application using your web access code (WAC)

Sign in to the Web Forms application Get a web access code (WAC)

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