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Proposed draft changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would enhance SME relief

News today that the federal government is, indeed, considering changes to the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to aid organizations struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, was lauded by many in the business community. As we reported previously, the $71 billion program would provide a subsidy of up to 75 per cent of […]

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Federal government promises to fill ‘gaps’ in Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

It’s challenging to design a multibillion-dollar piece of legislation at the best of times. Factor in the raging global coronavirus pandemic, a collapsing national economy and a business community in desperate need of support due to COVID-19 business closures, and we can all appreciate the uphill battle facing the federal government as it works to […]

CRA announces new tax filing extensions as part of COVID-19 relief measures

The federal government today announced tax filing extensions to help individual Canadians and businesses manage through the COVID-19 crisis. Businesses, including self-employed individuals, will be allowed to defer GST/HST payments, as well as custom duties on imports, until June 30, 2020. The deferral generally applies to remittances that would be due between March and the […]

Manufacturing

CERB aims to provide relief to businesses, workers impacted by COVID-19

The federal government has proposed a staggering set of measures to help individual Canadians and businesses cope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most significant programs announced thus far is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The program will merge and enhance the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency […]

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips

Ontario tables $17 billion COVID-19 stimulus package with economic update

The COVID-19 crisis and ensuing shutdown of entire economies across the globe has sent governments scrambling to respond. From providing aid to individuals to supporting devastated businesses, stimulus packages have been organized at an unprecedented pace to boost market liquidity, mitigate shocking spikes in unemployment and stave off an even more widespread recession. It’s in […]

BDC loan program business people shaking hands

Lending rules for BDC’s COVID-19 relief program take shape

As the federal government rolled out a sweeping package of stimulus measures this week to cushion the economic blow from the COVID-19 epidemic, business owners across Canada immediately sought information as to how they could quickly access the new relief programs. The urgency has been heightened by complete shutdowns across some sectors such as hospitality, […]

Office closure update: We’re working remotely, but still open for business

Our management team has been closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving coronavirus situation and assessing our response on a daily basis. As we noted previously, we took several steps this week to ensure the health and safety of our clients, employees and other partners—including pausing all in-person meetings and staff visits to client sites, and allowing staff […]

Taxation Specialists

COVID-19 Economic Stimulus: We analyze the tax implications

The federal government’s announcement Wednesday of an $82 billion stimulus package to offset the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak provided a modicum of reassurance to Canadian businesses. Ottawa’s message was simple: we’re here for you in tough times. The package introduced $27 billion in direct support for businesses and individuals, as well as […]

COVID-19 update: Federal government unveils $82 billion stimulus package

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. The federal government’s latest response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a breathtaking $82 billion stimulus package announced today, underscored the severity of the current—and coming wave—of economic upheaval facing Canadian businesses in the weeks and months ahead. Put simply, all prior fiscal projections are now irrelevant. Business performance estimates must […]