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COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

What the changes are

Changes to the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP), the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP), the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP), and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

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Change your THRP or HHBRP claim online New: May 3, 2022

You may now change or cancel a THRP or HHBRP claim you submitted by going back to the online application form in My Business Account or Represent a Client.

Change or cancel your claim

Eligibility changes for claim periods 24 to 26 Updated: March 28, 2022

For claim periods 24 to 26 (claims that cover December 19, 2021, to March 12, 2022), access to the subsidies has been expanded to include businesses that were subject to certain capacity-limiting public health restrictions.

For these three claim periods, you may qualify for the THRP if you meet the following two conditions:

CEWS replaced by THRP and HHBRP

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

You may no longer apply for the CEWS. Updated: April 22, 2022

The Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) has been extended to May 7, 2022.

Starting on October 24, 2021, you may qualify for wage support through the:

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

If you are eligible for both the CRHP and one of the other wage subsidies, apply for the subsidy that gives you the higher amount.

If you are subject to 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 CEWS.

The THRP and the HHBRP also include a rent subsidy

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

Find out how the rent subsidy has changed

Publicly traded companies and taxable dividends Updated: April 11, 2022

For claim period 23 and onward, if you are a publicly traded company or a subsidiary of such a company, you are not entitled to any wage subsidy for that claim period in which you paid taxable dividends to an individual who is a holder of common shares of the company or of the subsidiary of the company.

Return a payment has more information if you need to return all or part of the subsidy you have already received.

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