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COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

How the subsidies are calculated

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Use the online calculator

You can use the online calculator or downloadable spreadsheet before you apply to calculate your amount and see which subsidy you can claim:

  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) - wage amount
  • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP) - wage amount, or
  • Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)

How the wage subsidy is calculated for the THRP

For each claim period, the wage subsidy amount under the THRP equals (A × B) − CA multiplied by B minus C, where:

  • A
    The total amount of eligible remuneration you paid to all your eligible employees for the current claim period. For each eligible employee, for each week in the claim period, the amount is the least of the following:
    • the amount of eligible remuneration paid to each employee for that week
    • $1,129
    • if the employee is a non-arm’s-length employee, the pre-crisis remuneration of the employee determined for that week
    • if the employee is on leave with pay that week, $0
  • multiplied by B
    The appropriate rate for the claim period you are applying for
    • THRP rates by claim period and revenue drop
      Claim period Claim period revenue drop Subsidy rate
      22 and 23 75% and over 75%
      40 to 74.99% same as claim period revenue drop
      less than 40% 0%
      24 to 26, if you
      are a qualifying tourism
      and hospitality entity
      75% and over 75%
      40 to 74.99% same as claim period revenue drop
      less than 40% 0%
      24 to 26, if you
      were subject to a
      qualifying public health restriction
      or qualifying partial
      (capacity-limiting)
      public health restriction
      75% and over 75%
      25 to 74.99% same as claim period revenue drop
      less than 25% 0%
      27 and 28 75% and over 37.5%
      40 to 74.99% claim period revenue drop ÷ 2
      less than 40% 0%
  • minus C
    The total of all amounts received by eligible employees for the claim period as a Work-Sharing program benefit under the Employment Insurance Act

There is no overall limit on the total subsidy amount that an eligible employer may claim.

How the wage subsidy is calculated for the HHBRP

For each claim period, the wage subsidy amount under the HHBRP equals (A × B) − CA multiplied by B minus C, where:

  • A
    The total amount of eligible remuneration you paid to all your eligible employees for the current claim period. For each eligible employee, for each week in the claim period, the amount is the least of the following:
    • the amount of eligible remuneration paid to each employee for that week
    • $1,129
    • if the employee is a non-arm’s-length employee, the pre-crisis remuneration of the employee determined for that week
    • if the employee is on leave with pay that week, $0
  • multiplied by B
    The appropriate rate for the claim period you are applying for
    • HHBRP rates by claim period and revenue drop
      Claim period Claim period revenue drop Subsidy rate
      22 to 26 75% and over 50%
      50 to 74.99% 10% + (revenue decline − 50%) × 1.6
      less than 50% 0%
      27 and 28 75% and over 25%
      50 to 74.99% 5% + (revenue decline − 50%) × 0.8
      less than 50% 0%
  • minus C
    The total of all amounts received by eligible employees for the claim period as a Work-Sharing program benefit under the Employment Insurance Act

There is no overall limit on the total subsidy amount that an eligible employer may claim.

How the subsidy is calculated for the CRHP

For each claim period, the subsidy amount under the CRHP equals (A − B) × CA minus B multiplied by C, where:

  • A
    The total amount of eligible remuneration you paid to all your active eligible employees for the current claim period. For each active eligible employee, for each week in the claim period, the amount is the least of the following:
    • the amount of eligible remuneration paid to each employee for that week
    • $1,129
    • if the employee is a non-arm’s-length employee, the pre-crisis remuneration of the employee determined for that week
    • if the employee is on leave with pay that week, $0
  • minus B
    The total amount of eligible remuneration you paid to all your active eligible employees for the base period (March 14 to April 10, 2021). For each eligible employee, for each week of the claim period, the amount is the least of the following:
    • the amount of eligible remuneration paid to each employee for that week
    • $1,129
    • if the employee is a non-arm’s-length employee, the pre-crisis remuneration of the employee determined for that week
    • if the employee is on leave with pay that week, $0
  • equals
    Increase in employee pay (incremental remuneration)
  • multiplied by C
    Flat rate for the claim period you are applying for
    • Flat rate for the claim period you are applying for
      Subsidy rate Claim period
      50% 17 (June 6 to July 3, 2021)
      50% 18 (July 4 to July 31, 2021)
      50% 19 (August 1 to August 28, 2021)
      40% 20 (August 29 to September 25, 2021)
      30% 21 (September 26 to October 23, 2021)
      50% 22 and later (October 24, 2021 to May 7, 2022)

There is no overall limit on the total subsidy amount that an eligible employer may claim.

CEWS calculations

If you need historical information about calculating the CEWS, refer to calculating the wage subsidy in the CEWS technical questions and answers.

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