WAGE SUBSIDY EXTENDED TO AUGUST 29, 2020, AND ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONS NOW INCLUDED

Finance Minister Bill Morneau today announced that the Government of Canada will extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to August 29, 2020.   The government has also revised the criteria to include several additional types of organizations that would not have otherwise been eligible for the CEWS: Partnerships:  Partnerships with non-eligible members will now ...

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (“LEEFF”)

On May 11, the federal government announced the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (“LEEFF”) program to help large Canadian for-profit businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn.  The objective of this program is to help keep Canada’s largest employers operating, avoid bankruptcy of otherwise viable firms if possible, and ...

Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

Yesterday the British Columbia government announced easing of COVID-19 restrictions, unveiling their reopening plan.  The next phase of BC’s COVID-19 response will allow residents to host a small group of friends for dinner, get a professional haircut and play low contact sports.  The result is that a variety of businesses and services will be allowed ...

Considerations on the Road to Return to “Normal”

Provinces throughout Canada are now creating plans for a gradual resumption of activities.  British Columbia’s plan is expected to be released this week.  Now is the time to begin thinking about what that looks like for your workplace.  You can expect that the resumption of activities will happen in stages and will continue to require ...

Federal Government Announces Commercial Rent Assistance

On April 24, 2020, Justin Trudeau announced the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program. This program aims to assist small businesses, charities, and nonprofits who have seen at least a 70% decrease in revenue by providing forgivable loans to commercial property owners. Under the program, qualifying tenants will have their rent lowered by 75% from ...

Opening of BC Human Rights Commission

In November 2018, amendments to the Human Rights Code, RSBC 1996, c 210 (the “Code”)came into force, allowing for the creation of the Human Rights Commission in BC (the “Commission”). Although BC previously had a Human Rights Commission, it was done away with in 2002, leaving a void in the BC human rights landscape. The ...

Recent Eligibility Changes to the CERB

The government is announcing changes to the eligibility rules for the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit).  The CERB was established to support workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CERB provides $2,000 every four weeks for up to four months to workers who lose their income as a result of the pandemic.  The CERB covers ...

Understanding the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

New details were provided this week regarding the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for employers.  The stated purpose of the subsidy is to help employers keep and return workers to their payroll.  The stated aim of the subsidy is to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result ...