COVID-19 Update – Updates to Eligibility Criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

April 8, 2020

Article by: Jennifer Devins

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced on April 8, 2020, that the proposed eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program have been changed and updated in order to cover more businesses and employees. The cost of the revised program is estimated to be $73-billion dollars.  The proposed new details are set out in the April 8, 2020 News Release, on the Department of Finance’s website, and are discussed in today’s Roper Greyell COVID-19 information bulletin.

There were several key announcements today from both the federal and provincial governments that will impact employers in B.C.  In addition to the above-mentioned updates on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, our bulletin also covers the following topics:

  • Temporary Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program
  • Canada Emergency Business Account Update
  • New Guidance from the B.C. Employment Standards Branch
  • New Requirement for a Self-Isolation Plan Issued by the Government of British Columbia

To read the April 8, 2020, information bulletin, please see the link below:

COVID-19 Update – April 8, 2020


For any questions on any information contained in today’s bulletin, please feel free to reach out to a member of our firm.

All our previous COVID-19 information bulletins can be found on Roper Greyell’s COVID-19 resource page.