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Government Relief Programs

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  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
  • 10% Wage Subsidy
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • SME Loan Guarantee Program (through EDC and BDC)
  • Relief related to filing taxes – Individuals
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)


  • Eligible financial institutions will be able to provide interest free loans of up to $40,000 tosmall businesses.
  • Amounts of up to $10,000 (25% of $40,000) will be forgiven if the loan is paid back before December 31st, 2022.


  • For small businesses and non-profit organizations. This subsidy is to help them cover rentand some other operations cost.
  • To qualify for this subsidy, the business should have paid wages between $20,000 to $1.5Million in the year of 2019.

How to Apply?

  • Contact individual financial institutions for details regarding how to apply for this subsidy.

10% Wage Subsidy


The benefit will be the least of the following three amounts:

  • A maximum of $25,000 per employer,
  • 10% of remuneration paid for the period between March 18th to June 19th, 2020,
  • Number of eligible employees employed between March 18th to June 19th, 2020multiplied with $1,375.


To be eligible, an employer needs to be:

  • Must employ one or more individuals,
  • The business was registered with a business number and a payroll remittance account on March 18th, 2020.
  • The business must be an individual business (a trust is not included), a partnership, a nonprofit organization, a registered charity, or most of Canadian-controlled Private Corporations

How to Apply?

There is no official application required for this. Businesses should simply reduce their remittance of income tax withheld from their employees’ remuneration.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)


The benefit that employers can claim per employee is the grater of the following:

  • 75 percent of the amount of the eligible remuneration paid (includes salary, wages and other remuneration such as taxable benefits, not including severance pay or items such as stock option benefits or personal use of corporate vehicles), up to a maximum benefit of$847 per week or if employee is not dealing at arm’s length with the employer, nil, whichever is less.
  • The amount of eligible remuneration paid, up to a maximum benefit of $847 per week or75 percent of the employees’ baseline remuneration, whichever is less.
  • The baseline remuneration for a given employee will be determined based on the average weekly eligible remuneration paid between January 1 and March 15, 2020 inclusively, excluding any seven-day periods in which the employee was not remunerated.
  • The subsidy for employees not dealing at arm’s length with their employer will only be available to those employed prior to March 15, 2020


  • Eligible employers are individuals, trusts, taxable corporations, non-profit organizations, and registered charities. Registered charities can include all forms of revenue except from non arms length persons. They can also choose to exclude the revenue from government sources, if they follow the same approach throughout their program.
  • Organizations that have lost at least 15% of their revenue in March and 30% of their revenues in April, and May when compared to the same months in 2019 or compared to the average of January and February 2020’s revenue. Every company meeting that eligibility can apply except of public sector organizations.
  • When calculating revenue, employers may use their normal accounting method or may elect to use the Cash approach.

How to Apply?

  • Eligible employers would be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy through the Canada Revenue Agency’s My Business Account portal as well as a web based application. Employers would have to keep records demonstrating their reduction in arm’s-length revenues and remuneration paid to employees. More details about the application process will be made available shortly.
  • Employers not eligible for this program will have to pay back any amount received for CEWS.

SME Loan Guarantee Program (through EDC and BDC)


Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Businesses (EDC Program):

EDC will guarantee operating credit and cash flow term loans for up to $6.25 million to eligible SME’s.

Co-Lending Program for SME’s (BDC Program):

Eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts of up to $6.25 Million, BDC’s portion of this loan would be a maximum of $5 Million

Program Design (through BDC)

  • • Loans of up to $312,500 to businesses with revenues of less than $1 million.
  • Up to $3.125 million for businesses with revenues between $1 million and $50million.
  • Up to $6.25 million for businesses with revenues in excess of $50 million.

Loans would be interest-only for the first 12 months, with a 10-year repayment period


Any business that had their payrolls between $50,000 and $1 Million, will be eligible for this loan. This loan will be available to small businesses as early as week of April6th,2020.

How to Apply?

Contact individual financial institutions for details regarding how to apply for this subsidy.

Relief related to filing taxes

How to apply

  • There is no application required for this. A business can simply defer their payments without any penalties.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)


$2,000 a month of income for any individual who has lost their income due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Each application is for a maximum of 4 weeks. Although, the applicant is eligible to apply multiple times with a maximum total of 16 weeks.


  • Residing in Canada and being older than 15 years of age.
  • You stopped receiving an income through employment, self-employment because ofCOVID-19.
  • You had an income of $5,000, or above, in 2019.
  • You are going to be without an employment income for at least 14 consecutive days for the first 4-week period.

How to Apply?

Applications begin from April 6th. The two methods of applying for CERB is via “My Account” on the CRA’s website, or through a phone call.

There will be no applications accepted after December 2nd, 2020.



This information has been prepared by Endeavour Wealth Management for Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. (iA Securities) and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of iA Securities. The information contained in this presentation comes from sources we believe reliable, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy or reliability. The opinions expressed are based on an analysis and interpretation dating from the date of publication and are subject to change without notice. Furthermore, they do not constitute an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any of the securities mentioned. The information contained herein may not apply to all types of investors.

Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. iA Securities is a trademark and a business name under which Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. operates.

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