Canada Emergency Wage & Rent Subsidy + Lockdown Support for Businesses Update

Minister Chrystia Freeland, introduced Bill C-9, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), which created an enhanced rent subsidy program, and well as extending the wage subsidy through until June 2021. As previously announced, these business supports are proposed to include:

  • The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, which would provide direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage interest support to tenants and property owners until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19. The new rent subsidy would support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop by providing support up to a maximum of 65 per cent of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. The government is proposing to allow claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ended October 24, 2020.
  • The new Lockdown Support, which would provide an additional 25 per cent through the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy for qualifying organizations that are subject to a lockdown and must shut their doors or significantly limit their activities under a public health order issued under the laws of Canada, a province or territory (including orders made by a municipality or regional health authority under one of those laws). Combined, this would mean that hard-hit businesses subject to a lockdown could receive rent support of up to 90 per cent.
  • The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021, which would continue to protect jobs by helping employers keep employees on the payroll and re-hire their workers. The wage subsidy would remain at the current rate of up to 65 per cent of eligible wages until December 19, 2020.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. It replaces the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.

If your situation continues past 2 weeks, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

This means the application for the first 2-week period is October 12, 2020.

Your eligibility ends after 13 claimed periods.

Eligibility
  1. During the period you’re applying for
    • you were not working for reasons related to COVID-19, OR
    • you had a 50% reduction in your average weekly income compared to the previous year due to COVID-19
  2. You did not apply for or receive any of the following:
    • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
    • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
    • short-term disability benefits
    • workers’ compensation benefits
    • Employment Insurance (EI) benefits
    • Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) benefits
  3. You were not eligible for EI benefits
  4. You reside in Canada,
  5. You are present in Canada,
  6. You have a SIN card,
  7. You are at least 15 years old.
  8. You earned at least $5,000 in 2019, 2020, or in the 12 months before the date you apply from any of the following sources:
    • employment income (total or gross pay)
    • net self-employment income (after deducting expenses)
    • maternity and parental benefits from EI or similar QPIP benefits

Cannot refuse reasonable work

If you refuse reasonable work, you will automatically lose 5 periods (10 weeks) of the CRB eligibility periods. You must also wait 5 periods (10 weeks) before you can re-apply. If you refuse work again, you will face the penalty again.

You were seeking work during the period, either as an employee or in self-employment

You may earn employment or self-employment income while you receive the CRB. But the CRB has an income threshold of $38,000.

You will have to reimburse $0.50 for every dollar of net income you earn above $38,000 on your income tax return for that year (2020 or 2021). You will not have to pay back more than your benefit amount for that year.

We encourage you to consult Job Bank, Canada’s national employment service that offers tools to help with your job search.

The CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (August 30 to September 26, 2020).

You can apply for period 7 through the CRA’s My Account or automated toll-free phone line at 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.

Canada Unveils $37B Transition Plans + Sickness and Care Benefits

CERB Extended

This will make it a total of 28 Weeks (Vs the original 26 weeks) of the original CERB Program. They have added 4 weeks to make it to Sept 27th

Starting Sept 27th for the new The Canada Recovery Benefit

*NEW* Canadian Recovery Benefit

CRB starting Sept 27th 2020 is for people who don’t qualify for EI (Freelancers)

They are offering $400 a week for 26 weeks.

You can claim income but your benefit will be reduced by $0.50 for each $1 earned.

Employment Insurance Program

With the new EI if you are eligible you can claim anywhere from $400-$573

Can be claimed between 26 and 45 weeks depending on the time worked. You will have had to worked 120 hours to qualify for this year.

You can claim income but your benefit will be reduced by $0.50 for each $1 earned.

Canada Recovery Care-giving Benefit

$550 for week per household caregiving benefit up to 26 weeks.

Canadian Recovery Sickness Benefit

Also you can be eligible for $500 weekly for up to two weeks for those who don’t have paid sick leave or if you become sick or if you need to isolate for reasons linked to COVID-19

CERB Eligibility Survey

Short questionnaire by the Canadian government to help guide you to available benefits.

LEEFF: Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

Canada Development Investment Corporation’s Emergency COVID-19 Mandate

CDEV and CEEFC have been mandated to assist the Government of Canada as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

As a federal Canadian Crown Corporation established to manage investments assigned to it, CDEV has been mandated to implement the Government of Canada’s Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility in cooperation with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of Finance.

This program will provide emergency funding support for large Canadian enterprises facing financial challenges in light of the economic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. CEEFC has been formed to administer this mandate.

LEEFF will be open to large Canadian employers who (a) have a significant impact on Canada’s economy, as demonstrated by (i) having significant operations in Canada or (ii) supporting a significant workforce in Canada; (b) can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues; and (c) require a minimum loan size of about $60 million.

Broader sectoral dynamics for LEEFF applicants will be considered by Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada. As part of this process, applicants will also be contacted by ISED officials.

CECRA: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:

  • reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants
  •  meet operating expenses on commercial properties

Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.

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How it works

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Include a short story on why you enjoy working in the entertainment industry.

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Ontario stage one reopening details

Filming or other on-site activities, especially those that require the gathering of workers, performers or others are not permitted to resume in Stage 1.

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

Canadian Government outlines distribution of $500M of arts and culture for COVID-19 support

Today, our government announced more details about our $500 million investment to support these industries. The distribution of funding will include: – Up to $326.8 million to be administrated by Canadian Heritage and divided among select departmental programs and Portfolio agencies as well as key delivery organizations. Specifically:

–>$198.3 million will be provided to the beneficiaries of arts and culture funding via existing programs as well as other organizations with demonstrated needs

–>$72 million will be provided to the sport sector

–>$53 million will be provided to the heritage sector via the emergency component of the Museums Assistance Program

– $55 million to be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts

– $3.5 million will be provided for COVID-related projects under the Digital Citizen Initiative

– $115.8 to support the Canadian audiovisual sector, to be distributed by the Canada Media Fund ($88.8 million) and Telefilm Canada ($27 million)