KWB Blog

The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

Mar 10 2021
Find COVID-19 Benefits for Your Business

If you are unsure of which COVID-19 benefits are available for your business, CRA has a webpage that will will help you figure it out. In order to narrow your search, you will be asked the following questions on their webpage: Type of support you are looking for (e.g. support due to the effect of […]

Mar 2 2021
CRA Offers Interest Relief on COVID Benefits

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently announced that they are offering relief on the interest charged on certain COVID benefits.  Who is Eligible? You need to check ALL of the following criteria in order to be eligible: Your total 2020 taxable income was $75,000 or less You received at least one of the following COVID-19 […]

Feb 24 2021
Changes to Employer-Provided Benefits and Allowances

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made changes to taxable benefits for employment conditions such as working from home, commuting, meal costs, etc.  These changes are valid for the period between March 15 2020 and December 31 2020. If you’re an employer, take note of these important changes: Commuting Costs If you pay for, reimburse, or […]

Feb 18 2021
New Critical Worker Benefit for Albertans

The Critical Worker Benefit will bring much needed relief to eligible workers across the province, providing a one-time payment of $1,200 to eligible critical care workers in recognition of their hard work to provide Albertans with the care and services they need. Applications for the private sector will open on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 and […]

Jan 4 2021
EDC Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) Guarantee for Canadian Businesses

One of our goals this year is to show you how having control over your business cash flow will help you to reach your cash flow goals sooner. Cash flow should always be a priority for your business, but what if your business has been severely impacted by COVID-19? The good news is that you […]

Dec 18 2020
December 2020 – Updates to the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

If you applied for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) in April or May, you could receive additional funding from the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. At KWB, our goal is to assist you in receiving as much relevant information as possible during these uncertain times and obtaining the maximum funding for your business. […]

Nov 24 2020
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) Brings Relief to Small Business Owners

The new rent subsidy for businesses will bring welcome relief for many of our business clients affected by COVID-19. Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to COVID-19 may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses.  Claims can be backdated […]

Oct 2 2020
CERB has ended – What happens now?

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has ended for many participants.  So what happens now?  Transitioning from CERB to Employment Insurance Those who have not yet hit the 28-week maximum will continue receiving their CERB payment until they max out or reach October 3rd. New applicants who now realize they were eligible at any point […]

Jun 17 2020
CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) Extension – June 2020

The federal government announced on the 16th of June 2020 that they will be extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) eligibility period by eight weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the job market. The Prime Minister said that those who are still unable to return to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Jun 17 2020

It was announced today that the government will start accepting new applications under the expanded eligibility guidelines for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) starting on Friday (19 June 2020).  The government has expanded program eligibility to include sole proprietors and farmers. Businesses with total employment expenses in 2019 of $20,000 or less and 2020 […]

May 21 2020

The Government of Canada has announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. The changes to CEBA will allow more Canadian small businesses to access interest free loans of up to $40,000 to help cover operating costs during a period when revenues have been […]

Apr 24 2020
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) has been announced to provide rent relief for small businesses struggling to pay their landlords due to financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 for the months of April, May and June 2020.  Who is Eligible? Affected small business tenants who meet the following criteria: Pay less […]

Apr 23 2020
Self Isolation Ideas

Tips for for the entire family Ideas for families with children Set up video chat ‘play dates’ with school friends Don’t forget about your own needs. Keep up meditation, yoga and exercise. Take time to prepare meals together, get creative, let the children take control! Perfect time to Marie Kondo your child’s bedroom, together. Got a crafty […]

Apr 23 2020
KWB’s Wage Subsidy Assessment and Application

A rapid response plan for your business Applications for CEWS (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) will start being received by the government as of Monday, 27 April 2020. While businesses may qualify for benefits under CEWS, understanding the program, determining eligibility, and submitting the proper application can create a high level of stress and uncertainty. You […]

Apr 3 2020
New Protocol for Applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – 3 April 2020

Due to the volume of Canadians applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canadian Revenue Agency has set new protocol for applying: If you were born in January, February or March, you may apply on Mondays If you were born in April, May or June, you may apply on Tuesdays. If you were […]

Apr 3 2020
KWB Summary of Relief Programs – Federal and Provincial – 3 April 2020

To our friends, clients, and business partners, We hope this newsletter finds you well and healthy. The volume of information we’ve received from provincial and federal governments over the last few weeks has been significant and a bit of a moving target, so we’ve put together a summary of all the relief programs that have […]

Apr 2 2020
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – What It Means for Canadian Businesses – 2 April, 2020

To help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proposed the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This would provide a 75-per-cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. This wage subsidy aims to […]

Apr 1 2020
NEW information – CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit)

CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) Update – 1 April 2020 The Government of Canada will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to: workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support. workers who are sick, quarantined, or […]

Apr 1 2020
Introduction to QBO (Quickbooks Online) Virtual Event – 14 April, 2020

Due to new legislation, we are hosting a “virtual” learning event at noon on the 14th of April 2020. If you own a small business and are interested in moving your books to the “cloud”, this event is for you! Alternatively, if you are already using QBO but need a refresher or have questions regarding […]

Apr 1 2020
Update – The Canada 75 % Wage Subsidy

Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, announced today (April 1st, 2020) that the 75 % wage subsidy would be available within 3-6 weeks time.  What we know so far: The subsidy is available to all businesses, charities and non-profit organizations as long as they can prove that they have lost 30 % of their revenue due to […]

Mar 31 2020
What is the Work-Sharing Program?

Work-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides EI benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is an […]

Mar 31 2020
Essential Services – Is your Business on the List?

Overview The businesses and services on the essential services list can continue to provide services at locations accessible to the public and must have proper risk mitigation measures in place, such as sanitation stations and appropriate distancing between customers. The intent of this list is to provide general guidance to business owners and operators. It […]

Mar 31 2020
What is the Canada Emergency Business Account?

The new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $50,000 to $1 million in total payroll in 2019. […]

Mar 31 2020
Explaining the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Description of the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP):  On March 13, 2020, the Government announced the establishment of a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to help Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of significant uncertainty.  The BCAP will support access to financing for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions. Through this program, Export […]

Mar 30 2020
New Information on Wage Subsidy Program – 30 March 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today businesses and non-profit organizations seeing a drop of at least 30 per cent in revenue due to COVID-19 will qualify for the government’s 75 per cent wage subsidy program. The number of people a business employs will not determine its eligibility. Charities and companies big and small will qualify, he […]