Updates re: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Summer Jobs Program

On April 8th, the Government made further announcements were made in regard to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy including additional flexibility in respect to the measurement of revenue loss and a reduction to the previously announced 30% benchmark to 15% for the month of March in recognition that the impact was first felt mid-way through March.  In addition, the Government has proposed that employers eligible for the CEWS be entitled to a refund of certain employer paid contributions to EI, CPP, QPP and QPIP.  Further details are included at the following links:

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/government-provides-further-flexibility-for-employers-to-access-the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/additional-details-on-the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy.html

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau also announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program which will allow employers to:

– Receive an increased wage subsidy of up to 100% of minimum hourly wage for each employee;
– Extend the end date for employment to February 28, 2021;
– Adapt their projects and job activities; and
– Hire staff on a part-time basis.

Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html