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A Further Update on COVID-19 – Federal Government Announces it is Extending the CEWS Through to August 2020 – May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020
by Israel Foulon LLP


Since our May 15, 2020 E-Bulletin, the federal government has announced that they are extending the Canada Employee Wage Subsidy until August 29, 2020.

Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

  • The CEWS has been extended by an additional twelve weeks to cover the period from June 6 to August 29, 2020. The CEWS provides eligible employers a subsidy of 75% of employee wages up to a maximum of $847 per employee per week.  
  • Finance Minister, Bill Morneau announced that the government would continue to consult business and industry leaders about ways to refine the CEWS. Any potential changes following the consultation will focus on maximizing employment, ensuring the CEWS reflects the immediate needs of businesses, and supporting the post-crisis economic recovery.
  • Prime Minister Trudeau also said the government will consider relaxing the program’s eligibility threshold of a 30-per-cent revenue drop.
  • The government announced that they have extended eligibility for the CEWS to the following groups:
    • Partnerships that are up to 50-per-cent owned by non-eligible members;
    • Indigenous government-owned corporations that are carrying on a business, as well as partnerships where the partners are Indigenous governments and eligible employers;  
    • Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Associations;
    • Registered Journalism Organizations; and
    • Non-public colleges and schools, including institutions that offer specialized services, such as arts schools, driving schools, language schools or flight schools.
  • To access the government’s official announcement, please CLICK HERE.
  • To access frequently asked questions regarding the CEWS, please CLICK HERE.

Given the exceptional and unprecedented situation, we expect further developments in the coming days.

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