Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – EXTENDED “As an employer who has seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of your employee wages, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations”. “Extended eligibility period for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until October 23, 2021, and increasing the rate of support employers and organizations can receive during the period between August 29 and September 25, 2021.”
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) – EXTENDED “Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until September 25, 2021. This subsidy will provide payment directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more”. “Extended eligibility period for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy until October 23, 2021, and increasing the rate of support employers and organizations can receive during the period between August 29 and September 25, 2021.”
Employer Health Tax Relief (EHT) – The Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption increased from $490,000 to $1 million starting in 2020. Along with doubling the exemption, we doubled the instalment threshold from $600,000 to $1.2 million starting with the 2021 tax year.
Student Work Placement Program – “Student Work Placement program provides wage subsidies to employers that offer post-secondary students paid work experience related to their field of study”
RE3: Rebuild, Reopen, Revive – “RE3 is a government funded program that provides non-repayable performance-based contributions up to $5,000 to assist southern Ontario Women-led SMEs to rebuild, reopen, and revive their business”
Relief Measures for Indigenous Businesses – “The Government of Canada will provide up to $306.8 million in interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses – this measure is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.”.
Support for Women Entrepreneurs – “$15 million in funding to the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). The money will go directly to select organizations that are currently WES Ecosystem Fund recipients to help women entrepreneurs through the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Digital Main Street – Small Businesses Digital Transformation Support – “The Ontario Government, in partnership with the federal government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform. It is a $57-million program which will help up to 22,900 Ontario businesses create and enhance their online presence and generate jobs for more than 1,400 students”.
DMS ShopHERE powered by Google – “Program creates and configures your online store, trains you on how to manage it, provides support to get your online store live, and helps with marketing the store” – FREE
ORHMA DineSafe – A Resource Site for Reopening and Creating Guest Confidence & Comfort by the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association.
AHLA SafeStay – (Hotel Association of Canada) An industry-wide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols designed to prepare Canada’s hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as the economy reopens. Safe Stay represents the industry’s ongoing commitment to the health and safety of guests and employees.
POST Promise – The POST Promise is a national, bilingual private sector-led initiative designed to help Canadians confidently and safely shop and work in local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It signifies a business’s commitment to implementing and practicing the five key steps to workplace safety, helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Each week hundreds-of-thousands of Canadians shop or work at businesses who have made the POST Promise.