April Resources

Date postedApr 17, 2020

We understand that these are trying times, and it can be overwhelming to understand the benefits available and how to access them. There are resources available to both individuals and businesses who have been impacted directly or indirectly by COVID-19 from the Government of Canada. Some of these resources were mentioned in our webinars, so we have provided some more information below.


The Canada Emergency Response Benefits (CERB)

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is a taxable benefit for those who have lost their income due to job loss, illness, work disruption, caregiver responsibilities or quarantine. It will provide $2,000 for a four-week period for up to 16 weeks. Canadians who do not qualify for EI are eligible for the CERB benefit. The CERB benefit has recently been expanded to include seasonal workers and those who make less than $1,000 a month due to reduced work hours will also qualify.



EI Sickness Benefit

Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits can provide up to 15 weeks of financial assistance if you cannot work for medical reasons. You could receive 55% of your earnings up to a maximum of $573 a week. To qualify, you must be unable to work for medical reasons, you weekly earnings have decreased by more then 40%, and you have worked 600 insured hours in the 52 weeks prior.




Other resources for individuals and families:

  • Increased Canada Child Benefit (up to an extra $300 per child)
  • GST Credit (low & modest income families, ~$400 for single individuals and ~$600 for families)
  • Tax Returns (Filing date has been moved to June 1 2020, and balances due are being deferred to after August 21 2020)
  • Mortgage Support (mortgage deferral, loan re-amortization, special payment arrangements)
  • RRIF reduced minimum withdrawals (reduced by 25% for 2020)
  • Student Loans (repayments and interest suspended until September 30 2020)



The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is designed to help businesses cover up to 75% of wages; up to $847 per week, for employers who have seen their gross revenue drop at least 15% in March, and 30% in April and May. This program is in place for 12 weeks from March 15th to June 6th 2020.


Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy

The Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy will allow eligible employers to reduce their payroll deductions remittances to the CRA for three months. This is available to individuals, non-profits, charities and private corporations eligible for the small business deduction.


Other Resources for businesses:

  • Work-Share Program (duration extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks)
  • Income Tax Payment Deferral (until after August 31 2020)
  • Business Credit Availability Program (operating credit and cash flow term loans)
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (interest free loans of up to $40,000 for small business)


If you have any questions on the links or resources or want to understand how these can fit into your financial plan, please reach out to your Wealth Strategist.