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COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

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Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a wage or hiring subsidy, you must meet:

  • two general eligibility criteria that relate to all subsidies
  • additional requirements that are specific to the subsidy you are applying for, and
  • revenue drop requirements for the subsidy you are applying for

You may only apply for one wage or hiring subsidy per claim period, even if you are eligible for more than one.

General eligibility criteria

You must meet both of these criteria to be eligible for any subsidy:

  1. You had a CRA payroll account on March 15, 2020

    Even if you didn't have a payroll account on March 15, you may still qualify if:

    1. another person or partnership made remittances on your behalf


    2. you purchased all (or almost all) of another person's or partnership's business assets
  2. You are one of the following types of employers

Public institutions are not eligible for the subsidies. This includes municipalities and local governments, Crown corporations, public universities, colleges and schools, and hospitals.

Additional requirements for each subsidy

You must also meet the specific eligibility criteria for the subsidy you apply for.

Or, for past and present claim periods, read the additional requirements to be eligible for each subsidy:

Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) eligibility

There are two ways eligible organizations can qualify for the THRP:

Tourism and hospitality sector: Option 1 of 2

The first way to qualify for the THRP is by meeting the following three conditions:

Find out if your activities are considered part of tourism, hospitality, arts, entertainment, or recreation Updated: May 17, 2022

Organizations affected by a qualifying public health restriction: Option 2 of 2

The second way to qualify for the THRP was introduced as the Local Lockdown Program. It is available to eligible organizations regardless of sector.

The conditions to qualify depend on which claim period you are applying for.

For claim periods 24 to 26 (December 19, 2021, to March 12, 2022), you must meet the following two conditions:

  • You were subject to either a qualifying public health restriction or a qualifying partial (capacity-limiting) public health restriction
  • You have a claim period revenue drop of at least 25%

For claim periods 22, 23, 27 and 28, you must meet the following two conditions:

Find out what a qualifying public health restriction and a qualifying partial (capacity-limiting) public health restriction are

Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP) eligibility

Eligible organizations, regardless of their business sector, may qualify for the HHBRP if they don’t qualify for the THRP.

To qualify for the HHBRP, you must meet the following two conditions:

Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) eligibility

Types of employers eligible for CRHP

All types of employers who are eligible for the wage subsidy are eligible for CRHP, except some for-profit corporations and partnerships.

If you are a for-profit corporation, you must be either:

  • a Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPC), or
  • a cooperative corporations that is eligible for the small business deduction

If you are a partnership, at least 50% of the fair market value of the partnership’s interests must be held (directly or indirectly) by employers eligible for the CRHP throughout the claim period.

Claim period revenue drop required

Period 17
No minimum revenue drop required
Periods 18 and later
Minimum revenue drop of more than 10% required
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) eligibility Ended

There was a minimum claim period revenue drop required to qualify for a CEWS amount for some claim periods:

Period 5 to 17
No minimum revenue drop required
Periods 18 and later
Minimum revenue drop of more than 10% required to qualify for the subsidy for active employees, although you may have still qualified for a CEWS amount for your employees on leave with pay if your revenue drop was 10% or less

If you need information about qualifying for the CEWS period 1 to 4, refer to the CEWS technical questions and answers.

Revenue drop requirements

Each claim period, you will need to know how much your eligible revenue has dropped since before the pandemic.

What is eligible revenue

For the THRP and HHBRP, you also need to know your 12-month average revenue drop. This is a one-time calculation.

The online calculator will calculate your claim period revenue drop as part of your subsidy calculation. It includes a link to the 12-month average revenue drop calculator in step 2.

Calculate your wage subsidy amount online

If you use the online calculator, it will use built-in formulas to calculate your amounts based on the information you provide. If you want to see the formulas, you can read the details about how the revenue drops are calculated.

Confirming your eligibility

If we notice a mistake in your application, we will work with you to correct it. If you realize you made a mistake in your application, you can request a change to your previous claim.

We will review your claim and confirm the information you submit.

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