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10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

How the TWS and the CEWS work together

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a subsidy of 75% of employee wages paid by an eligible employer, up to a maximum of $847 per week for each eligible employee. For more information, refer to CEWS.

If you are eligible for both subsidies

You may be eligible for both the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers (TWS) and the CEWS.

If you participate in the TWS, you must reduce your CEWS claim by all amounts you claim under the TWS for pay dates in a specific CEWS claim period.

  • Example: You choose to receive both the TWS and the CEWS

    You paid $20,500 of remuneration on April 1, 2020, and calculated your TWS to be $2,050.

    Since this pay date falls within the first CEWS claim period (March 15 to April 11, 2020), you must reduce your CEWS claim by $2,050.

If you are eligible for the TWS, but you only want to participate in the CEWS, you can make a special election for your TWS to be equal to 0% of the remuneration you pay.   

  • Example: You choose to only receive the CEWS

    You paid $20,500 of remuneration on April 1, 2020, and calculated your TWS to be $2,050.

    For simplicity, you would only like to participate in the CEWS. You elect for the TWS to be equal to 0% of the remuneration you paid on April 1, 2020. When you apply for the CEWS, you will not have to reduce your claim by the amount you were eligible for under the TWS.

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