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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As an employer in Canada who was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic between March 15, 2020, and October 23, 2021, you may have been eligible for the CEWS.

Beginning October 24, 2021, the CEWS and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) were replaced with two new programs, each offering wage and rent support:

  • the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
  • the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program

If you were eligible for the CEWS, you can still apply for past claim periods until 180 days after the claim period has ended.

Find information about applying for the CEWS and all available COVID-19 wage subsidies for businesses.

Eligibility for current COVID-19 business subsidies

If you continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a new rent subsidy, as well as a new wage subsidy or the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP):

Find out how to apply for current wage and rent subsidies

Wage and hiring

How and when you can apply for a wage or hiring subsidy, and what happens after you've applied

COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

Calculate your wage or hiring subsidy

Rent and property

How and when you can apply for a rent subsidy, and what happens after you've applied

COVID-19 rent and property support for businesses

Calculate your rent subsidy

CEWS reports and outcomes

Technical and historical information

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