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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

How to apply

You must submit a separate application for each CEWS claim period you are eligible for.

Current claim periods open for application:

  • March 15 to April 11 (period 1)
  • April 12 to May 9 (period 2)

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Before you apply

Apply for CEWS

You must submit a separate application for each CEWS claim period you are eligible for.

The subsidy will be processed at the payroll program (RP) account level, so you will have to file a separate application for each RP account.

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. The personal information bank CRA PPU 120 in Info Source is being updated to reflect this program.

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: CEWS application guide

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Most businesses may apply using My Business Account

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

    Download: Attestation for owner/managers and/or senior employees

    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.


  3. If neither are an option for you, use the Web Forms application with your web access code. If you do not have a web access code, you will need to provide the date of registration or the total income tax reported in box 22 of the most recent original 2018 tax year submitted T4 summary.

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