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COVID-19 rent and property expense support for businesses

What the changes are

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) ended effective October 23, 2021 and was replaced by 2 new programs.

You may continue to apply for the claim periods that are still open, but there are no new periods after CERS claim period 14, which ended on October 23, 2021.

Starting on October 24, 2021, you may qualify for rent and property expenses support through the:

  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) or the
  • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP)

Claim period numbering for THRP and the HHBRP

Starting on October 24, 2021, the rent subsidy claim period numbers will align with the wage subsidies.

The last CERS claim period is period 14.

The first THRP and HHBRP claim period is period 22.

If your business activities are significantly affected by a qualifying public health restriction, you may be eligible for support through the THRP even if you are not a qualifying tourism or hospitality entity.

What is a qualifying public health restriction

Many of the THRP and HHBRP rules about who can apply, which employees you can include, and how to calculate the subsidy are the same as they were for the CERS.

The THRP and the HHBRP also include a wage subsidy

If you are eligible to apply for both a rent subsidy and a wage subsidy, you must apply for them separately.

Find out how the wage subsidy has changed

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