Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

The federal government has announced that applications for the CEWS (75% wage subsidy) opens April 27. This is great news for small businesses in Canada.   HGA Recommends  Eligibility for the CEWS was discussed in our previous blog post here. We have also provided guidance on how to use Quickbooks Online to pull reports to determine your…

Additional support for small businesses

Today, the Prime Minister announced additional support for small businesses facing economic hardship and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic.   CEBA Eligibility Expansion  The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) has been expanded to include businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. This new range will replace the previous one of between $50,000 and $1…

CERB – it’s time to re-apply, and eligibility expansion

Today, the federal government announced expanded access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and support for essential workers. The government will be changing the eligibility rules to:  Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while also collecting the CERB;  Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their…

Temporary changes to Alberta employment standards

The Government of Alberta recently announced temporary changes to employment standards in response to the economic disruption of COVID-19. Some highlights include:  Creating a job-protected leave for employees caring for children affected by school and daycare closures or ill or self-isolated family members due to COVID-19  Removing the 24-hour written notice requirement for shift changes  Removing the…

CRA Online Access

Having access to your online CRA account and setting up direct deposit isrequired to access and receive many of the Covid 19 support programs.   HGA Recommends: Setting up a CRA online account can take up to several weeks, so we recommend enrolling for online access and setting up direct deposit immediately.   CRA My Business Account  To register…

Wage Subsidies

As your trusted advisor, HGA has simplified as much as possible the 2 wage subsidies that have been announced by the government.  HGA Recommends: Take advantage of the 10% wage subsidy immediately. Doing so will not impact your eligibility to use the below noted 75% wage subsidy. Eligibility:   There is NO APPLICATION NECESSARY to use the 10%…

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Many workers, including those who are self-employed or contractors, are not eligible for EI.   On April 6, these workers can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) via their CRA online account or Service Canada.  Prior to April 6, individuals who are without work and eligible for EI should continue to apply for EI. …

Canada Emergency Business Account (Interest-Free Loans)

Available in early-April, the Canada Emergency Business Account will provide qualifying businesses with access to a $40,000 loan that:  is non-interest bearing until Dec 31, 2022;  requires no minimum monthly principal payments until December 31, 2022;  allows for principal repayments to be made at any time;  provides for $10,000 loan forgiveness provided the outstanding balance is fully paid on or before December 31,…

COVID-19 Update: March 25, 2020

As your trusted advisors, HGA Group wants to keep you apprised of Canada’s and Alberta’s COVID-19 responses which may be relevant to you and your business. We are hosting a Webinar on COVID-19-related employment matters on Thursday, March 26 at 2 pm MDT with Adrian Elmslie. Adrian is the head of Dentons LLP’s Edmonton Labour…