Note: On May 8, 2020, the government announced that the emergency wage-subsidy program will be extended beyond June. More details on the extension are expected next week.
As a COVID-19 relief measure, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) introduced a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers. Initial details were released April 1, 2020, with further updates to the subsidy and eligibility criteria announced on April 8 and 11, 2020. More information about the wage subsidy can be found here: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
Commencing April 27, 2020, eligible businesses can apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).There are three methods for making an application:
- through a business’ My Business Account
- if you represent a business, through Represent a Client (you must have Level 2 or Level 3 Authorization)
- a special online application form
In order to access the special online application form, a business will need an online web access code. To obtain a web access code, the business will need its payroll account (RP) number and a copy of its last filed T4 Summary. If the business is receiving a web access code for the first time, it will need the payroll account (RP) number and the date of registration with the CRA.
The CEWS will be processed through the payroll account (RP) of the eligible business. If a business has multiple payroll account numbers, it will have to make a separate application for each account.