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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Region: Ontario Answer # 7250

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is a Federal Government program to help businesses experiencing financial hardship during the pandemic.

Amount of subsidy

The subsidy amount for each eligible employee (on eligible wages paid) depends on the claim period (see below).

You can calculate how much you may receive by using the subsidy amount calculator on the CEWS website or visit How the subsidy is calculated page.

Eligible employers

The benefit is available to both large and small businesses. Eligible employers include:

  • individuals / sole proprietors,
  • taxable corporations,
  • partnerships consisting of eligible employers,
  • non‑profit organizations, and
  • registered charities.

Public bodies, such as governments and publicly funded organizations, such as public universities, colleges, schools and hospitals are not eligible for this subsidy.

Eligible employees

As per the Government of Canada,

“An eligible employee is an individual employed in Canada by you (the eligible employer) during the claim period, except if there was a period of 14 or more consecutive days in that period in respect of which they were not paid eligible remuneration by you.”

Claim periods

  • Claim period 1: March 15, 2020 – April 11, 2020
  • Claim period 2: April 12, 2020 – May 9, 2020
  • Claim period 3: May 10, 2020 – June 6, 2020
  • Claim period 4: June 7, 2020 – July 4, 2020
  • Claim period 5: July 5, 2020 – August 1, 2020
  • Claim period 6: August 2, 2020 – August 29, 2020
  • Claim period 7: August 30, 2020 – September 26, 2020
  • Claim period 8: September 27, 2020 – October 24, 2020
  • Claim period 9: October 25, 2020 – November 21, 2020

How to apply

Employers can apply for the CEWS through Canada Revenue Agency’s in three ways:

1.  Most businesses may apply online using the My Business Account portal.

2. Business representatives may apply online using the Represent a Client option.

3.  Through a web-based application.

Employers have to keep records showing the reduction in revenues and wages paid to employees.

Ensuring compliance

Employers will be required to repay amounts paid under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy if they do not meet the eligibility requirements.

Penalties, which may include both fines and imprisonment, may apply in cases of fraudulent claims.

For detailed information and up-to-date changes regarding CEWS, visit canada.ca.

For up-to-date information on Coronavirus COVID-19, visit Health Canada, the World Health Organization, and our related links and resources.

Get help from a life insurance advisor

Understanding life insurance and what is best for you can be overwhelming. It is important to get professional advice for your unique situation, and it is more affordable than you think. Life insurance can protect your family, your home and your business.  For a free consultation and quote, contact an Empire Life Insurance advisor.


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