Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for Small Businesses

Prime Minister Trudeau announced this morning that the Federal Government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. Our DMCL comments are in the brackets. This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been […]

Support for Students and New Grads During COVID-19

On April 22, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced a $9 billion support package for post-secondary students and recent graduates. The support package includes: the Canada Emergency Student Benefit Available to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. A benefit of $1,250 per month for eligible students. A benefit […]

75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

The Government of Canada passed into law on Saturday, April 11th 2020 Bill C-14 the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act No. 2 which provides a 12 week wage subsidy of up to $847 per employee per week: to “eligible entities” in respect of “eligible remuneration” paid to “eligible employees” during a “claim period” (four week periods […]

Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

On April 08, 2020, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance announced changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program and provided further guidance on the application of the rules. Please review the full announcement below.  Here are some of the highlights. Eligible Employers Under the new rules, the subsidy is available to employers […]

CRA Benefits, Credits and Support Payments During COVID-19

On April 03, 2020, the CRA posted the following information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and on the GST tax credit. COVID-19: Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) You can apply for the CERB with CRA online or by phone. April 9 – GST/HST credit payment: The one-time supplementary GST/HST credit payment will be issued starting on April 9, 2020. This […]

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Additional Department of Finance Commentary

The Department of Finance has posted additional information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy on their web-site. The posting provides some clarification on various elements of the subsidy. Revenue Decline For the purpose of measuring the decline in the business’s revenues, the revenue must: be from a business carried on in Canada, be from arm’s-length […]

CRA FAQ: Deferral of GST/HST Tax Remittances

Deferral of GST/HST Tax Remittances (COVID-19 Measures) Question 1: What fiscal measures is the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) taking to help Canadian businesses manage their GST/HST payments and remittances? The CRA understands that businesses might be dealing with difficulties in making their GST/HST payments or remittances. The CRA will allow all businesses to defer, until […]