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On April 11, 2020, the federal government implemented the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”). The CEWS is designed to enable employers to keep their employees on payroll while contributing to a smoother transition to post-COVID-19 operations.

The CEWS will remain in effect to October 23, 2021, subject to further extension.

There are a number of requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for the CEWS, including demonstrating a loss of revenue. Employers must be able to demonstrate that each employee is entitled to the subsidy and that they meet CRA payroll requirements.

Eligible employers must specifically demonstrate that they have met the requirements of an “eligible revenue reduction”, which can be calculated by comparing the eligible revenue (i.e., the reduced revenue) with their baseline revenue.

Specifically, employers will need to demonstrate a reduction in their revenues using the appropriate baseline in accordance with the claim period. The wage subsidy and the qualifying requirements are modified throughout the various claim periods.

If you are an employer and you are looking to determine avenues to consider prior to layoffs or terminations, or if you have any other employment-related questions amidst the COVID-19 era, please contact Toronto employment lawyersSultan Lawyers at (416) 214-5111 or via email to khayward@sultanlawyers.com.