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Trudeau: wage subsidy program launching April 27th

Trudeau: wage subsidy program launching April 27th
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (CBC News/file photo)
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Employers looking to take advantage of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will be able to apply as of Monday, April 27th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday (April 21st) in his daily press briefing from Ottawa. 

The CEWS was introduced so that companies can re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, help prevent job losses and help employers resume their operations during the crisis. 

Canadian employers that meet the eligibility can receive a subsidy of 75 per cent of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15th, 2020, to June 6th, 2020.

Businesses, non-profits and charities can apply for the subsidy, which covers up to $847 a week per employee.

Trudeau also announced that a new calculator is being added on the Canada Revenue Agency website to help businesses figure out exactly how much they will be able to claim through the subsidy. 

The news comes as health officials across Canada report a drop in COVID-19 cases in some regions

Officials are still, however, reminding the public to follow the social distancing measures and restrictions that are currently in place. 

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