Federal Government Announces Wage Subsidies for Small Businesses and Not-for-Profits

Mar. 29, 2020

The Federal Goverment announced new support for small businesses and not-for-profits on Friday.

- Up to 75 per cent wage subsidies for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This will help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll.

- The new Canada Emergency Business Account - a new loan program, that will be implemented rapidly by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC).This $25 billion program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.

- More time to pay income taxes. Businesses can defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. 

More details to be released on Monday.