While the economy shows signs of recovery and vaccines are beginning to rollout, support is still needed as we fight this COVID-19 battle, and due to this Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy until the end of June.
While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trudeau says, “We’ve come a long way in the fight against the pandemic but we’re not out of woods yet”.
“We’re making sure that the rent and wage subsidies continue through the spring, and that the amount of support remains consistent”.
The wage subsidy will continue providing up to 75 per cent coverage to eligible employers and the rent subsidy will remain at up to 65 per cent. Ottawa has also extended an additional 25 per cent lockdown subsidy until the same date for businesses that have been hit the hardest due to more severe public health guidelines.
“This isn’t time to pull back on our workers or business owners or business owners, it’s the time to see people through what is hopefully the final stretch of this crisis and it’s time to get the whole economy ready to come roaring back”, said Trudeau.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland also added to the statement and said, “Our government will continue to do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to help Canadians through this bleak time, to prevent economic scarring”.
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy applies to individual corporations not exempt from income tax, registered charities, and non profits with an active Canadian Revenue Agency payroll account on March 15th, 2020, including those who meet revenue decrease threshold.
The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy applies to businesses, charities, or non-profits with a Canadian Revenue Agency business number on September 27th, 2020, or a payroll account on March 15th, 2020, including those who have seen a decrease in revenue due to the pandemic.
News source: CTV News