COVID-19: Canada Emergency Wage Benefit Announcement

Prime Minister Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Wage Benefit on March 30, 2020. While we are pending the technical details and roll-out of the program, here is an overview of the details we know so far:

  • It is open to corporations, businesses, partnerships and non-profits – no matter how large or small
  • Your business must have seen a revenue reduction of 30% due to COVID-19
  • The benefit will cover up to 75% of workers’ salaries on the first $58,700 earned annually
  • The maximum benefit will be $847 per week, per worker
  • The subsidy will be backdated to March 15
  • This benefit will be available for at least three months
  • It will take time for this money to reach companies; in the meantime, there are business credit programs available (click here).