Federal update: Expansion of wage, rent and lockdown support

Publié août 11, 2021

In response to the ongoing advocacy efforts of Restaurants Canada, the federal government has extended the eligibility period for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support until Oct. 23, 2021, and is increasing the rate of support that businesses can receive during the period between Aug. 29 and Sept. 25, 2021.

The tables below provide an overview of the latest changes to the federal wage and rent subsidy programs.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Base and Top-up Rate Structure, Periods 19 to 21

Period 19
Aug. 1 – Aug. 28
Period 20
Aug. 29 – Sept. 25
Period 21
Sept. 26 – Oct. 23

Maximum
weekly benefit
per employee*

$452$452$226

≥70% revenue decline

40%
(i.e., Base: 25% +
Top-up: 15%)
40%
(i.e., Base: 25% +
Top-up: 15%)
20%
(i.e., Base: 10% +
Top-up: 10%)

50%-69% revenue decline

Base: 25% +
Top-up: (revenue decline – 50%) x 0.75
(e.g., 25% + (60% revenue decline – 50%) x 0.75 = 32.5% subsidy rate)
Base: 25% +
Top-up: (revenue decline – 50%) x 0.75
(e.g., 25% + (60% revenue decline – 50%) x 0.75 = 32.5% subsidy rate)
Base: 10% +
Top-up: (revenue decline – 50%) x 0.5
(e.g., 10% + (60% revenue decline – 50%) x 0.5 = 15% subsidy rate)

>10%-50% revenue decline

Base: (revenue decline – 10%) x 0.625
(e.g., (30% revenue decline – 10%) x 0.625 = 12.5% subsidy rate)
Base: (revenue decline – 10%) x 0.625
(e.g., (30% revenue decline – 10%) x 0.625 = 12.5% subsidy rate)
Base: (revenue decline – 10%) x 0.25
(e.g., (30% revenue decline – 10%) x 0.25 = 5% subsidy rate)
*The maximum weekly benefit per employee is equal to the maximum combined base subsidy and top-up wage subsidy for the qualifying period applied to the amount of eligible remuneration paid to the employee for the qualifying period, on remuneration of up to $1,129 per week.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Base Rate Structure*, Periods 19** to 21

Period 19
Aug. 1 – Aug. 28
Period 20
Aug. 29 – Sept. 25
Period 21
Sept. 26 – Oct. 23

≥70% revenue decline
40%40%20%

50%-69% revenue decline

25% + (revenue decline – 50%) x 0.75
(e.g., 25% + (60% revenue decline – 50%) x 0.75 = 32.5% subsidy rate)
25% + (revenue decline – 50%) x 0.75
(e.g., 25% + (60% revenue decline – 50%) x 0.75 = 32.5% subsidy rate)
10% + (revenue decline – 50%) x 0.5
(e.g., 10% + (60% revenue decline – 50%) x 0.5 = 15% subsidy rate)

>10%-50% revenue decline

(Revenue decline – 10%) x 0.625
(e.g., (30% revenue decline – 10%) x 0.625 = 12.5% subsidy rate)
(Revenue decline – 10%) x 0.625
(e.g., (30% revenue decline – 10%) x 0.625 = 12.5% subsidy rate)
(Revenue decline – 10%) x 0.25
(e.g., (30% revenue decline – 10%) x 0.25 = 5% subsidy rate)
*Expenses for each qualifying period are capped at $75,000 per location and are subject to an overall cap of $300,000 that is shared among affiliated entities. **Period 19 of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would be the twelfth period of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy. Period identifiers have been aligned for ease of reference.

For more information on the extension of these support programs, please see the official backgrounder from the Department of Finance.

Help us raise your voice

These changes signal a step in the right direction for strengthening these critical sources of emergency aid, demonstrating the impact of our extensive engagement with key government policymakers participating in our Restaurant Revival Working Group.

We welcome your feedback as we continue to advocate for sector-specific support for our hardest-hit industry. Please provide any further input on these vital subsidies to Olivier Bourbeau, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec at: OBourbeau@restaurantscanada.org

Marlee Wasser

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