Trudeau Announces Modified Eligibility Criteria for 75% Wage Subsidy for Employers

Note: The federal government has made further changes to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy. You can find our latest coverage of the topic here.

While employers continue to wait for the specific program details and eligibility requirements, the federal government has committed to changing some of the requirements for employers wishing to take advantage of the federal wage subsidy.

Instead of showing a 30% decline in revenues as a threshold for qualifying, businesses will now only need to show a 15% decline in March 2020 over the previous year and can use both January and February as reference points for the decline rather than the previous year.

Additionally, charities and non-profits can choose to exclude revenues from governments, such as grants, in calculating their revenues for their application.

Parliament is being recalled to debate and pass the legislation in the coming weeks, so more information around eligibility and timing of payments should be available at that time.

Contact any of the members of Clark Wilson’s Employment & Labour Group to discuss the options for your business.