Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, receives Royal Assent

Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures, came into force on July 27, 2020 after receiving Royal Assent. We recently provided a comprehensive overview on the implications of Bill C-20 for employers, which included significantly expanding and amending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) program. While the Bill was passed without further amendments, changes … Continued

Impact of Bill C-20: Substantive amendments to the CEWS

Further to our recent article on Bill C-20, and its proposed amendments to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”), the Federal Government is introducing substantive amendments to the CEWS that will have a significant impact on many employers. As a general overview, Bill C-20 proposes to: extend the CEWS from August 30, 2020 until at … Continued

Bill C-20 introduced: Amending CEWS, enabling a disability support payment and enacting limitations legislation

On July 17, 2020, the Canadian federal government announced proposed changes and amendments to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) intended to make the program more accessible to employers who may not have been eligible for support under the program as it was initially designed, and to provide more specific support to employers as they … Continued

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to be Extended Beyond June

On May 8, 2020, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) will be extended beyond June 6, 2020, when it is currently set to end. He explained that further details of the extension will be announced next week. The Prime Minister stated that the purpose of extending CEWS is to ensure … Continued

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Applications Open April 27

On April 11, 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 (“Bill C-14”) received Royal Assent following an emergency session of Parliament. Our prior articles on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”) can be reviewed here as well as here, which summarize the publicly announced details of the CEWS. Options for Applying for the CEWS Beginning April 27, … Continued

Federal Government passes Wage Subsidy legislation

On April 11, 2020, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 (“Bill C-14”) received Royal Assent following an emergency session of Parliament. Our prior articles on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”), which can be reviewed here as well as here, summarized the publicly announced details of the CEWS. As described below, Bill C-14 has … Continued