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CERB relief for students

Government order provides relief for some students who incorrectly claimed CERB

In the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, as the federal and provincial governments rushed to rollout a whirlwind of relief benefits, Canadians applied for income support programs for which they believed they were eligible–one of the most readily available being the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)  Some of those applications were later deemed inappropriate, […]

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10 ways to mitigate the business impact of inflation

Businesses across Canada that navigated the pandemic storm and thought they were in the clear soon faced another major challenge: widespread inflation. Rising prices have impacted the cost of everything from labour and materials to machinery and services across sectors. The latest Statistics Canada data puts the official inflation rate at 5.7 per cent year […]

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Ottawa expands access to COVID-19 relief benefits as restrictions tighten

Under intense pressure from the business community, and as COVID-19 restrictions are tightened across the country in an attempt to contain the fast-spreading Omicron variant, the federal government has stated its intention to temporarily expand access to two worker and business relief benefits. The $4 billion expansion would be covered by $4.5 billion in funding […]

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Federal Fiscal and Economic Update 2021: Few gifts (or lumps of coal) for business

The federal government tabled its Fiscal and Economic Update 2021 last week and the business community across Canada wondered if it had been all but forgotten. The update was heavy on COVID-19 relief spending and made direct references to the potential uncertainty ahead—including the looming economic impact of the omicron coronavirus variant, global supply chain […]

Ontario Fall Economic Statement

Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement sets the stage for the spring election

Ontario’s Fall Economic Statement, released late last week, was clearly drafted with the province’s upcoming spring election in mind. With a focus on infrastructure and economic development, the statement is aimed at positioning the Progressive Conservatives as the party focused on economic growth, which is their traditional political wheelhouse. But it was also a decidedly […]

From supply chain issues to inflation, new economic risks loom for your business

Business owners are an optimistic lot. They take extraordinary risks to conceive, build and grow their companies. They don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. They persevere even when the odds tower against them. Yet even the most tenacious entrepreneurs can see the economic risks ahead—and it’s putting a damper on their post-pandemic recovery plans. The […]

COVID-19 relief benefits for hospitality

Ottawa unveils targeted COVID-19 business support benefits

While the coronavirus pandemic has by no means subsided, the federal government clearly believes that the economy is regaining its footing, with recent job performance data confirming a return to pre-pandemic employment levels. Accordingly, Ottawa last week allowed three key COVID-19 business benefits—the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support—to […]

What the Olympics and the move to hybrid work have in common

Every four years we have the joy of watching Canadian athletes compete in myriad events at the Summer Olympics. It gives us the chance to cheer and marvel at the individual and team preparations needed to allow our competitors to shine. It seems like every hundred years or so we also face the burden of […]

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Positioning your organization for post-pandemic growth

And now comes the hard part. As the acute phase of the COVID-19 crisis slowly winds down across Canada and business begins to return to normal—albeit very slowly in provinces such as Ontario—leaders are finally able to take a deep breath, survey the financial damage and prepare for the post-pandemic recovery. Others may conduct the […]