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Today, the federal government announced a temporary change to allow businesses facing a 50% capacity restriction to qualify for improved wage and rent support. This change is effective Dec. 19, 2021 to Feb. 12, 2022.

What changed

  • Businesses subjected to capacity restriction of 50% or more now eligible
  • Monthly revenue loss threshold is reduced to 25%
  • 12-month revenue decline documentation not required
  • Subsidies range from 25% to a maximum of 75%, depending on the level of revenue loss

While the revenue threshold remains high, this is a significant improvement. The expanded definition of lockdown to include capacity restrictions is a positive step and based directly on our recommendations. We’ll continue to lobby to ensure all businesses facing a revenue decline are eligible for some support, including new businesses currently excluded from federal programs.

Wage and rent subsidy programs officially open for October/November applications

You can now apply to the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery program and the Hardest Hit Business Recovery programs on the CRA website to receive wage and rent support for period 22 (October 24-November 20, 2021).

If you have questions about these programs, please visit our COVID 19 FAQs: Financial support page and look for CEWS and CERS programs or contact your Business Advisor at 1-833-568-2342.

For your workers

  • Expanded Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit to include workers where capacity restriction of 50% or more has been imposed
  • Workers are eligible if they are directly affected by COVID-19 capacity restrictions and have lost 50% or more of their income as a result
  • Benefit provides $300 per week in income support

We continue to push for expansion to these programs so you get the help your business needs.

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