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Support for Individuals

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Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act (CERB)

The benefit is available from March 15, 2020 until October 3, 2020. You can apply no later than December 2, 2020.


Individuals, whether employed, self-employed, or contract workers, who cease to work for reasons related to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support – and have not voluntarily quit their job.

Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, also qualify for the CERB.

Reasons related to COVID-19: Workers who are sick, quarantined or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.

Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.

Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer have asked them not to come to work.

Applications for the CERB began on Monday, April 6, 2020. The specific days to apply continue to be based on the month you were born for all application periods.

There are two ways to apply:

1. Online with CRA MyAccount

Instructions once you have access to CRA My Account:

a. Go to COVID-19: Canada Emergency Response Benefit in the alert banner at the top of the page.

b. Select the period you want to apply for.

c. Declare that you qualify for the benefit.

d. Confirm they have the  right payment information.

2. Over the phone withService Canada using an automated phone service –

Telephone number: 1.800.959.2019 or 1.800.959.2041

Instructions:

1. Select your language preference (English or French).

2. Follow the prompts to enter your information, including your SIN, confirmation of your postal code and the period you are applying for.

3. Declare that you qualify for the benefit.

For more info on how to apply:

Apply for CERB wih CRA

You cannot apply for the CERB with the CRA online if you have already applied through Service Canada by telephone. if you have already applied through ServiceCanada by telephone.

If you are eligible for the CERB, you can expect $2,000 ($500 per week) for a 4-week period. It is a single payment for each 4-week period you qualify for.

For your initial 4-week CERB application:

You have stopped or will stop working due to reasons related to COVID-19 for at least 14 consecutive days and during these consecutive days, you do not expect to receive more than $1,000 from the sources that are listed in the next column.

If your situation continues, you can re-apply for a payment for multiple 4-week periods, to a maximum of 16 weeks (4 periods).

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in total income for the entire four-week benefit period of the new claim.

There is no waiting period. Your payments will be retroactive to your eligibility date.

Payments will be made through direct deposit or by cheque. You will be paid more quickly if you choose direct deposit.

If you are or will be receiving a wage subsidy through your employer, you may not be able to receive or apply for the CERB for the same period, and you may have to repay any CERB amounts you may have received.

If your employer applies for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the CRA will verify employee’s eligibility for CERB by comparing employer’s payroll records.

The CERB’s eligibility rules were expanded and are retroactive to March 15, 2020 in order to:

• Allow people to earn up to $1,000 (before taxes) per 4-week period while collecting the CERB. See the allowable sources below.

• Extend the CERB toseasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their regular seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

• Extend the CERB to workerswho have received regular EI benefits for at least one week since December 29, 2019 and are no longer eligible for EI benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

A person who is at least 15 years of age, who is resident in Canada and who, for 2019 or in the 12-month period preceding the day on which they make an application for CERB has a total income of at least $5,000 (before taxes) from the following sources:

• Employment,
• Self-employment,
• Certain EI benefits,
• Honoraria,
• Royalties,
• Benefits under a provincial plan due to pregnancy or care of newborn children, and
• Non-eligible dividends.

Pensions are not considered employment income and should not be included.

The benefit is taxable, although tax will not be deducted at source. You will be expected to report the benefit as income when you file your income tax for the 2020 tax year.

For more information:

CERB Application FAQ

Employment Insurance (EI)

For anyone who became eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits on March 15, 2020 or later, your EI claim will be automatically processed through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), see above.

The CERB was recently expanded to include individuals who received regular EI benefits for at least 1 week since December 29, 2019 and are no longer eligible for EI benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.

See CERB details above.

See CERB details above.

You cannot be paid EI benefits and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit for the same period.

If you were eligible for EI benefits that started before March 15, 2020, and these benefits end before October 3, 2020, you may then apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you meet the eligibility requirements, including that you have stopped work because of reasons related to COVID-19.

For other EI benefits, including maternity, parental, caregiving, fishing and work-sharing, you should continue to apply for EI as you normally would.

More information:

Regular benefits

Sickness benefits

GST Credit (GSTC)

Anyone who already receives the GSTC based on the 2018 taxation year.

There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically.

Will automatically receive in the same manner you receive your current payment.

If you were previously not entitled to the GST/HST credit, but have filed your 2018 tax return, you may also get the one-time credit amount based on your family net income.

This one-time payment is set to pay an additional amount of $290 per person or $580 per couple and $153 per child.

This one-time GST credit begins phasing out at 5 cents for every dollar of family income earned in 2018 over $37,789.

The one-time special payment was issued on April 9, 2020.

If you’re late in filing your 2018 taxes, the CRA encourages you to file as soon as possible as you may be eligible for retroactive benefits and credits. The only way to get them is to file.

File your 2019 income tax and benefit return to ensure you continue to get your benefits and credits for the July 2020 to June 2021 benefit year.

For more information:

CRA Covid-19 GST/HST Credit

Enhanced Canada Child Benefit (CCB)

Anyone who already receives the CCB based on the 2018 taxation year.

Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply.

Will automatically receive in the same manner you receive your current payment.

This one-time payment is set to pay an additional amount of $300/child.

Families that receive the CCB will get the extra $300 per child as a single payment in May.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

For a student who is a Canadian resident, registered Indian under the Indian Act, a permanent resident or a protected person who is ineligible for the CERB or EI and cannot find full-time employment or is unable to work due to COVID-19. To qualify as a student, you must either:

• Be enrolled at any time between December 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 in a post-secondary educational program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate, or

• Graduate from secondary school in 2020 and have applied, with the intention of enrolling, to a post-secondary educational program that is scheduled to begin before February 1, 2021.

Registration for CESB starts May 15, 2020.

To apply: If you have never filed a Canadian tax return, you must first register your social insurance number (SIN) with the CRA by calling 1.800.959.8281 before you can apply.

1. Apply online thru CRA MyAccount

OR (not both)

2. Over the phone with Service Canada using an automated phone service

Telephone number: 1.800.959.2019 or 1.800.959.2041

Must file your application prior to September 30, 2020.

Each eligibility period is a 4-week period with specific start and end dates.

The benefit amounts per period are:

• $1,250 per 4-week period for eligible students from May 2020 thru August 2020.

• Additional $750 per 4-week period for eligible students with a defined disability or has at least one dependent under age 12.

Eligibility periods are as follows:

• May 10 to June 6, 2020

• June 7 to July 4, 2020

• July 5 to August 1, 2020

• August 2 to August 29, 2020.

You can only apply for one eligibility period at a time. If your situation continues, you must reapply for another 4-week eligibility period.

Payments will be made through direct deposit or by cheque. You will be paid more quickly if you choose direct deposit.

The CESB is a taxable benefit.The CRA will verify that you are eligible to receive the CESB.

If you are able to work, you must be actively looking for a job to be eligible to receive the CESB.

For more information:

Emergency Student Benefit

Canada student loan payments

Apprentice loan payments

Anyone who currently pays Canada student loans or apprentice loans.

During the period from March 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

No need to apply as all repayments, both interest and principal, will be suspended including pre-authorized payments.

All payments will resume on or after September 30, 2020.

A six-month principal and interest-free moratorium on the repayment of Canada student loans and apprentice loans for all individuals currently in the process of repaying these loans. There will be no accrual of interest during this period.

Check your provincial student loan program, as most provinces are following the Canada student loan moratorium.

Canada Mortgage & Housing Protection Program

Anyone who holds a mortgage.

Effective immediately.

Offering tools to lendersthat can assist homeowners who may be experiencing financial difficulty.

Tools to include payment deferral, loan re-amortization, capitalization of outstanding interest arrears and other eligible expenses, and special payment arrangements.

Please contact your bank and/or lender – it will be on a case-by-case basis.

Canada’s large banks have confirmed that this support will include up to a 6-month payment deferral for mortgages, and the opportunity for relief on other credit products.

For more information on mortgage deferrals:

Canadian Bankers Association: Mortgage Deferral Assistance

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Understanding Mortage Repayment Deferrals


Personal income tax return and payment deferral

Tax return deferral –Individuals who file a personal tax return with the normal due date of April 30, 2020.

Tax payment deferral –Individuals with personal income tax payments (including 2020 tax installments) that become owing on or after March 18, 2020 and before September 1, 2020.

Tax return deferral –no application required.

Tax payment deferral –no application required. No penalties or interest will apply to any tax returns filed or payments made on or before the extended due dates.

Personal tax return due date deferred from April 30, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

Personal tax payment due dates deferred to September 1, 2020.

If you expect to receive benefits under GSTC or Canada Child Benefit you are encouraged to NOT delay the filing to ensure your entitlements for 2020-21 are properly determined.

The criteria for this deferral is not established in the Income Tax Act. The administration of this measure will be based on Ministerial discretion through the CRA relying on policy announcements made by the Government and the CRA.

Trust tax return and payment deferral

Tax return deferral – Persons with trust tax returns due prior to May 1, 2020.

Tax payment deferral –Persons with trust income tax payments (including 2020 tax installments) that become owing on or after March 18, 2020 and before September 1, 2020.

Tax return deferral –no application required.

Tax payment deferral –no application required. No penalties or interest will apply to any tax returns filed or payments made on or before the extended due dates.

Tax return deferral –no application required.

Tax payment deferral –no application required.

No penalties or interest will apply to any tax returns filed or payments made on or before the extended due dates.

The criteria for this deferral is not established in the Income Tax Act. The administration of this measure will be based on Ministerial discretion through the CRA relying on policy announcements made by the government and the CRA.

Partnership return (T5013) and Statement of amounts paid to non-residents (NR4)

Persons filing either a T5013 or NR4 with a due date after March 18, 2020.

Information return or form deferral –

no application required.

Information return or form due dates deferred until May 1, 2020.


Other tax returns and forms

Persons filing other tax returns and forms required under the Income Tax Act (ITA) that are due after March 18, 2020 and before June 1, 2020.

Tax return and form deferral– no application required.

NO TAX PAYMENT DEFERRAL provided in announcement.

Other returns and forms due dates deferred to June 1, 2020.

Included in this measure:

• Filing a tax return.
• Filing an information form.
• Filing an election form or return.
• Filing designations.
• Providing responses to information requests.


Notice of objection

For persons filing a notice of objection with a due date on or after March 18, 2020 and before July 1, 2020.

Objection due date deferral

no application required.

Notice of objection due date is effectively extended until June 30, 2020.

For more information:

CRA Covid-19 Audits and Appeals

Registered charity information return

For all charities with a form T3010 due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020

Information return T3010 deferral –

no application required.

T3010 form due date is extended to December 31, 2020.

For more information:

CRA Covid-19 Charities Information

Minimum Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) withdrawals

For all charities with a form T3010 due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020

Effective immediately.

Contact your financial advisor.

Required minimum withdrawals is reduced by 25% for 2020.

Similar rules would apply to individuals receiving variable benefit payments under a defined contribution Registered Pension Plan.


Support for Businesses


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Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

Eligible small business tenants (ESBT):

Businesses as well as non-profit and charitable organizations:

• Paying less than $50,000per month in rent, and

• Who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least 70 percent drop in pre-COVID-19revenues.

Commercial property owner (CPO):

To qualify for a forgivable loan to cover 50 percent of rents for April, May and June, the CPO:

• Holds a mortgage on the commercial property (for those property owners who do not have a mortgage, an alternative mechanism will be implemented),

• Agrees to reduce the ESBT’s rent by at least 75 per cent, and

• Agrees not to evict tenant while the agreement is in place.

CECRA is expected to be operational by mid-May.

The 50 per cent for the CPO is to be covered in partnership between the federal, provincial and territorial governments and will be available to the CPO through a forgivable loan program.

The program is to be administered and delivered through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

The CPO’s forgivable loan would be disbursed directly to the mortgage lender or an alternative method to be developed by the government for non-mortgaged properties.

ESBT would have at least a 75 per cent reduction in rents for April, May and June 2020.

The government will provide a forgivable loan of 50 percent of the gross rental amount.

The CPO would cover the remaining 25 per cent of the gross rental amount.

Further details are to be provided by the federal government once final terms and conditions are available.

For more information:

CMHC article: CECRA for small businesses

Business wage subsidy

– 10% (separate from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – see below)

Program will be in place from March 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020

Eligible employers –

individuals (excluding trusts); partnerships (all members – CCPCs, individuals, partnerships or reg. charities); non-profit organizations; registered charities; and Canadian controlled private corporations (CCPCs).

Eligible employer must employ one or more eligible employees (employed in Canada); have an existing business number and payroll account with the CRA on March 18, 2020; and pay salary, wages, bonuses, or other remuneration to an eligible employee.

If your business is closed and If you did not pay salary, wages, bonuses or other remuneration to an eligible employee from March 18, 2020 to June 19,2020, you cannot receive the subsidy, even if you are an eligible employer.

Manual subsidy calculation performed by employer, and monthly remittance to the CRA reduced by amount of calculated subsidy.

More information on how to report this subsidy will be released in the near future.

For employers that are eligible for both the CEWS and the 10 per cent wage subsidy for a period, any benefit from the 10 percent wage subsidy for remuneration paid in aspecific period would generally reduce theamount available to be claimed under the CEWS in that same period.

Up to 10% of an employee’s wage for a period of 3 months, up to a maximum of $1,375 per eligible employee and $25,000 per employer.

Employer maximum not shared within an associated group.

CCPCs are not eligible if associated taxable capital employed in Canada for the preceding taxation year is $15 million or more.

CCPCs must have a small business deduction (SBD) limit greater than NIL for its last taxation year that ended before the start of the eligible period (this requirement ignores the reduction of the SBD resulting from adjusted aggregate investment income (AAII)).

If the income taxes you deduct are not sufficient to offset the value of the subsidy in a specific period, you can reduce future payroll remittances to benefit from the subsidy. This includes reducing remittances that may fall outside of the application period for the wage subsidy (after June 19, 2020).

Subsidy reduces remittances to the CRA (not RevenuQuebec) of federal, provincial and territoriali ncome tax withheld on the employees’ remuneration.

Subsidy does not reduce remittance of Canada Pension Plan or Employment Insurance premiums.

You must continue remitting the CPP contributions and EI premiums that you deducted from your employees, as well as your share of CPP contributions and EI premiums, to the CRA.

The wage subsidy received by an employer would be considered government assistance and be included in the employer’s taxable income.

Questions and answers from the CRA:

CRA Wage Subsidy FAQ for Small Businesses

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) –

75% (separate from the business wage subsidy – see above) Program will be in place for a 12-week period from March 15, 2020 to June 6, 2020.

It was recently announced the program will be extended past June 6, 2020 with more information to be provided by the federal government.

Eligible entities would include:

• Individuals (including trusts),

• Taxable corporations,

• Partnerships consisting of eligible employers, and

• Specific tax-exempt entities, including agricultural organizations, board of trade, chamber of commerce, non-profit corporation for Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED), labour organizations,non-profit organizations and registered charities.

Municipalities and local governments, crown corporations, public universities, colleges, schools and hospitals would not be eligible. Eligible entities must have a payroll account with CRA on March 15, 2020 to qualify. CEWS is available for eligible entities who experience a decrease in gross revenues during the respective periods of at least:

• Period 1 - 15% for March 2020,

• Period 2 - 30% for April 2020, or

• Period 3 - 30% for May 2020.

The decrease in revenues can be benchmarked using one of two methods:

1. Year over year by using same month in 2019, or

2. Average gross revenue earned in January and February 2020.

Must select method 1 or 2 and use consistently throughout. Method 2 calculation is designed to accommodate start-ups.

An eligible entity’s revenue would be considered revenue arising in the course of ordinary activities from arm’s length sources in Canada calculated using either the accrual or cash method of accounting.

Tax-exempt entities will be allowed to choose whether or not to include revenue from government sources. Method chosen must be consistently applied for each period of a claim.

There are additional rules for calculating revenue related to:

• Consolidated statements,
• Affiliated groups,
• Joint ventures, and<
• Non-arm’s length groups.

Application to the CEWS began on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Apply using one of three methods:

1. CRA’s My BusinessAccount,

2. Web Forms application with your web access code (or you will need to provide the date of registration or the total income tax reported in box 22 of the most recent original 2018 tax year submitted T4 summary), or

3. Represent a client (if you represent a client the Attestation form for representatives must be completed and signed).

For more information:

CRA Wage Subsidy Information

To speed up the receipts of funds, it is recommended to set up direct deposit as the CEWS benefits will be in the form of a direct payment from the CRA.

Eligibility for the CEWS of an employee’s remuneration will be limited to employees that have not been without remuneration for more than 14 consecutive days in the eligibility period.

The respective claim periods are as follows:

• Period 1 covers March 15 to April 11;

• Period 2 covers April 12 to May 9;

• Period 3 covers May 10 to June 6.

There is a deeming provision that once an employer is eligible for a specific period, the employer would automatically qualify for the following period.

Subsidy under CEWS will be on the first $58,700 earned by employees, which can result in an amount up to $847/week ($58,700 x 75%/ 52 weeks).

Special rules will apply to employees that do not deal at arm’s length with the employer to restrict the amount of the subsidy to 75 per cent of the average weekly remuneration paid between January 1 and March 15, 2020.

The CEWS benefit is reduced by any benefit received under either the business wage subsidy or the EI work-share program.

Eligible remuneration mayinclude salary, wages andother remuneration but excludes severance pay, stock option benefits and personal use of a corporate vehicle.

No overall limit on the subsidy amount that an eligible employer may claim.

Those organizations tha tdo not qualify for the CEWS can still qualify for the business wage subsidy (see Business wage subsidy above for details).

All employers would be expected to at least make best efforts to top up salaries to 100% of the maximum wages covered.

Eligible entities may be required to repay amounts paid under the CEWS if they do not meet eligibility requirements. Penalties, fines or even imprisonment may apply in cases of fraudulent claims.

This subsidy is considered government assistance and is to be included in the eligible entity’s taxable income (as well as reduce various federal tax credits).

To help navigate the complexities of this program, please consult your Ukrainian Credit Union advisor.

Refund for certain payroll contributions

(expanded CEWS measure)

If you are eligible for CEWS (see above) then you will be eligible for this CEWS expansion.

Employers would be required to continue to collect and remit employer and employee contributions to Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan, the Quebec Pension Plan and the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, as usual.

Eligible employers would apply for a refund at the same time that they apply for the CEWS.

100 per cent refund for employer-paid contributions to those programs.

This refund would not be subject to the weekly maximum benefit per employee of $847 that an eligible employer may claim in respect of the CEWS.

There would be no overall limit on the refund amount that an eligible employer may claim.

You must take into account the information described in the above CEWS measure for details on eligibility andother information that has been provided.

The refund would cover 100 per cent of employer paid contributions for eligible employees for each week throughout which those employees are on leave with pay and for which the employer is eligible to claim for the CEWS for those employees.

An employee will be considered to be on leave with pay throughout a week if that employee is remunerated by the employer for that week but does not perform any work for the employer in that week.

This refund would not be available for eligible employees that are on leave with pay for only a portion of a week.

If you have more questions regarding the CEWS measure, contact your Ukrainian Credit Union advisor.


EI Work-Sharing program enhancements

The program provides EI benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers.

For employers and their employees willing to participate in the program as long as the employer can demonstrate a decrease of at least 10% in sales and/or production levels directly or indirectly related to the impact of COVID-19.

For employers and employees that are participating in a Work-Sharing program,

EI benefits received by employees through the Work-Sharing program will reduce the benefit that their employer is entitled to receive under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

COVID-19 temporary special measures are effective March 15, 2020 to March 14, 2021.

In general, program is for eligible employers and their employees where the employer can demonstrate a recent decline in business activity of at least 10%, and a temporary decrease of employee hours of work in the range of 10% to 60%.

Note that there are multiple eligibility criteria that must be met for both the employer and the employees.

Temporary measures are available where the decrease is directly or indirectly related to the impact of COVID-19.


Extend the qualifying weeks for the EI Work-Sharing program from 38 to 76.

Waive the mandatory waiting period between agreements and ease the recovery plan requirements.

Now able to submit applications 10 calendar days prior to the requested start date rather than 30 days.

Fact sheet for employers

Work-Sharing fact sheet for employers - COVID-19 temporary special measures

Temporary special measures:

Spring 2020 Notices

Overview of the Work-Sharing program:

PDF: Work-Sharing Program pamphlet

Corporate income tax return and payment deferral

Tax return deferral

– Corporations with an income tax return due date after March 18, 2020 and before June 1, 2020.

Tax payment deferral

Persons with corporate income tax payments (including 2020 tax installments) that become owing on or after March 18, 2020 and before September 1, 2020 (the CRA currently reports deferral of Part I tax only).

Tax return deferral

– no application required.

Tax payment deferral

– no application required.

Defer any payments without any penalties or interest.

Corporate tax return due date deferred to June 1, 2020.

Corporations that owe Part I income tax balances o rincome tax installments on or after March 18, 2020 and before September 1, 2020 have until September 1, 2020 to remit these amounts.

No penalties or interest will apply to any tax returns filed or payments made on or before the extended due dates.

The criteria for this deferral is not established in the Income Tax Act.

The administration of this measure will be based on Ministerial discretion through the CRA relying on policy announcements made by the government and the CRA.

GST, HST & customs duties on imports

GST/HST payments, installments or remittances that become owing on or after March 27, 2020 and before June 2020.

Customs duties and GST on imports due for March, April and May 2020.

Payments of GST, HST, customs duties and GST on imports deferral

– no application required.

FILING OF GST/HST RETURN (GST34)

– must still be submitted when due

– no deferral. Excise taxes and duties are not currently deferred and are still required to be remitted by their prescribed due dates.

The GST, HST, customs duties & GST on imports tax payments can be deferred until June 30, 2020.

No interest will apply to any tax payments made on or before the extended due date.

For more information:

Deferral of GST/HST Tax Remittances FAQ

Registrants should sign up for direct deposit through their MyBusiness Account in order to receive refunds:

CRA Direct Deposit Sign Up

Paper copies of GST/HST returns will not be processed until normal operations resume. The CRA is encouraging registrants to file electronically:

CRA MyBusiness Account

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

For small businesses and not-for-profits in all sectors and regions to help cover operating costs over the next several months.

Eligibility requirements:

• Must be in operation as of March 1, 2020 and have a federal business number.

• Total employment income paid in the 2019 calendar year was between $20,000 and $1,500,000.

• Have an active business chequing/operating account with their financial institution on or prior to March 1, 2020.

• Can only apply once.

• Must acknowledge intention to continue to operate its business or to resume operations.

This program is now accepting applications and interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.

Details regarding the application process is provided by financial institutions.

Program excludes:

• Government organizations or body, or an entity owned by a government organization or body.

• Union, charitable, religious or fraternal organization or entity owned by such an organization (or if it is, it is a registered T2 or T3010 corporation that generates a portion of its revenue from the sales of goods or services);

• An entity owned b yindividual(s) holding political office; and

• Entities that promote  violence, incite hatred or discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity,religion, culture, region, education, age or mentalor physical disability.

Interest-free loans of up to $40,000 which are guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada.

Repayment of the balance of the loan on or before December 31, 2022 will result in loan forgiveness of 25% (up to $10,000).

If the loan is not repaid by December 31, 2022, the remaining balance will be converted to a three-year term loan (to December 31, 2025) with a 5 per cent interest rate.

Program is 100 percent funded by the Government of Canada.

The funds from this loan shall only be used by the Borrower to pay non-deferrable operating expenses of the Borrower including, without limitation, payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax and regularly scheduled debt service, and may not be used to fund any payments or expenses such as prepayment/refinancing of existing indebtedness, payments of dividends, distributions and increases in management compensation.

For more information:

CEBA Information

Access to credit for businesses

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

BCAP includes the following programs:

Program 1: Export Development Canada (EDC) loan guarantee for small- and medium-sized enterprises

–this program provides credit and cash flow term loans to small- and medium-sized enterprises in all sectors.

Program 2: Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) co-lending program for small- and medium-enterprises

– this program provides term loans for operational and liquidity needs of businesses which could include interest payment on existing debt.

Program 3: The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

– see above for more information on this program.

The three programs will further support financing int he private sector through the BDC and EDC.

Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (CRDA) Support for small- and medium-sized businesses that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports.

Program 1:

The funds are to be used for operational expenses, not for dividend payouts, shareholder loans, bonuses, stock buyback, option issuance, increases to executive compensation or the repayment/refinancing of other debt.

Program 1 is now available at various financial institutions and credit unions.

Program 2:

Loans under Program 2 would be interest-only for the first 12 months, with a 10-year repayment period.

Program 2 will soon be available, consult your financial institution.

Program 3:

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

– see above for more information on this program.The BDC will participate in a co-lending program with financial institutions and the financial institutions will conduct the underwriting and manage the interface with their customers.

Program 1:

Allows financial institutions to issue operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to existing clients, with 80 per cent guaranteed by EDC.

Program 2:

Designed in three segments to target support to different business sizes.

• Loans of up to $312,500 to businesses with revenues of less than $1 million.

• Up to $3.125 million for businesses with revenues between $1 million and $50 million.

• Up to $6.25 million for businesses with revenues in excess of $50 million.

Program 3:

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

– see above for more information on this program.

The near-term credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector will also be increased through Farm Credit Canada:

Farm Credit Canada Covid-19 Response

For more information on BCAP:

Business Credit Availability Program information

More information at BDCand EDC:

BDC Special Programs for Covid-19

EDC Covid-19 Relief Programs

CRDA: To get help through your Regional Development Agency, find more information here:

Canada's Regional Development Agencies

For more information onsupport for businesses:

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Credit and liquidity support

Insured Mortgage Purchase Program (IMPP)

The government has launched a revised Insured Mortgage Purchase Program (IMPP).

Under this program  the government stands ready to purchase up to $150 billion (up from $50 billion) of insured mortgage pools through CMHC.

This program will provide stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders in order to ensure continued lending to Canadians.

IMPP program information:

Insured Mortgage Purchase Program (IMPP)

CMHC Expands Insured Mortgage Purchase Program

Bank of Canada:

COVID-19: Actions to Support the Economy and Financial System

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement for domestic systemically important banks by 1.25% (to 1.00%) of risk weighted assets, effective immediately.

This action will increase the lending capacity of Canada’s large banks and support the supply of credit to the economy during the period of disruption related to COVID-19. The release of the buffer will support in excess of $300 billion of additional lending capacity

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

Will be available to large for-profit businesses – with the exception of those in the financial sector – as well as certain not-for-profit businesses, such as airports, with annual revenues generally in the order of $300 million or higher.

To qualify for LEEFF support, eligible businesses must:

• Be seeking financing of about $60 million or more,

• Have significant operations or workforce in Canada, and

• Not be involved in active insolvency proceedings.

Eligible businesses would be required to commit to published annual climate related disclosure reports.

Not available to companies convicted of tax evasion.

The government is in the final stages of establishing the program and further information about the application process will be provided shortly.

Companies seeking support must demonstrate how they intend to preserve employment and maintain investment activities. Recipients will need to commit to respect collective bargaining agreements and protect workers’ pensions.

The LEEFF program will require strict limits to dividends, share buy-backs, and executive pay.

In order to sustain operations, the program will provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers whose needs during the pandemic are not being  met through conventional financing.

To be delivered by the Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDEV), in cooperation with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the Department of Finance.

In considering a company’s eligibility for assistance under the LEEFF program, an assessment may be made of its employment, tax and economic activity in Canada, as well as its international organizational structure and financing arrangements.

Announcement from the Prime Minister


Other Support

Support for Indigenous communitiesContact Indigenous Services Canada$305 million for a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund will be provided to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation communities.
Support for people experiencing homelessnessLearn more about the Reaching Home InitiativeThe Reaching Home initiative will be provided with $157.5 million to continue to support people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak. The funding could be used for arange of needs such as purchasing beds and physical barriers for social distancing and securing accommodation to reduce overcrowding in shelters.
Support for women’s shelters and sexual assault centres including on reserve
Status of Women CanadaSupporting women and children fleeing violence, by providing up to $50 million to women’s shelters and sexual assault centres to help with their capacity to manage or prevent an outbreak in their facilities.


Additional Information

Employment Insurance

– Record of Employment

For employers with employees directly affected by COVID-19.

When the employee is sick or quarantined, use code D (Illness or injury) as the reason for separation (block 16). Do not add comments.

When the employee is no longer working due to a shortage of work because the business has closed or decreased operations due to coronavirus (COVID-19), use code A (Shortage of work). Do not add comments.

When the employee refuses to come to work but is not sick or quarantined, use code E (Quit) or code N (Leave of absence), as appropriate. Avoid adding comments unless absolutely necessary

Canada Labour Code

Entitlement to leave

Every employee is entitled to and shall be granted a leave of absence from employment of up to 16 weeks if the employee is unable or unavailable to work for reasons related to COVID-19. An employee who intends to take a leave of absence, as soon as possible, give written notice to the employer of the reasons for the leave and the length of the leave that they intend to take.

Prohibition

An employer is prohibited from dismissing, suspending, laying off, demoting or disciplining an employee because the employee intends to take or has taken a leave of absence due to COVID-19.

Benefits

The pension, health and disability benefits and the seniority of an employee who is absent from work due to a leave of absence due to COVID-19, accumulate during the entire period of leave and the contributions by both the employee and employer are required to continue payments.

Digital signature –CRA

For individuals and corporations who wish to file their tax return through an electronic filer.

Applies March 18, 2020 to August 31, 2020.

The CRA will accept an electronic signature from a taxpayer whose identity has been verified by the filer as long as the electronic signature is provided in one of the following ways:

• Taxpayer sends the information return, including the electronic signature using the electronic address most recently provided by the taxpayer to the electronic filer;

• Taxpayer signs digitally, in the presence of the electronic filer, e.g., using a stylus or finger on a tablet; or provided through an access controlled, secured electronic location such as a secure website, that is accessible to the taxpayer only because the location of the secure website has been made known to the taxpayer and access has been granted by the filer.

The CRA will recognize a Form T183 or T183CORP that contains an electronic signature as having met the signature requirements of the Income Tax Act.

CRA link for additional information:

Electronic signatures: CRA and COVID-19


The preceding information is for educational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. As it is impossible to include all situations, circumstances and exceptions, a further review should be done by a qualified professional.

No individual or organization involved in either the preparation or distribution of this content accepts any contractual, tortious, or any other form of liability for its contents or for any consequences arising from its use.

Source: BakerTilly, "Federal relief measures guide Government of Canada’s economic response to COVID-19" [PDF]