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The latest financial news and accounting tips from KWB.

Jul 21 2020
CEWS UPDATE – JULY 2020

On July 17, 2020, the Government of Canada announced proposed changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to allow greater access to the program by employers.  While the proposed changes loosen eligibility requirements, there is added complexity, most significantly on how benefits are calculated for qualifying periods beginning after July 4, 2020.  The New […]

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 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
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 […]

Mar 27 2020
Breaking News for Small – Medium Size Businesses – 27 March 2020

Ottawa hikes wage subsidy to 75% for small and medium-sized businesses The federal government is hiking its wage subsidy for small and medium-sized businesses from 10 per cent to 75 per cent, a move that business leaders have called for amid the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the payroll subsidy, as well several […]

Mar 26 2020
Document Deliveries and Meetings through COVID-19

Dear valued KWB clients and business partners, Our office remains open and functional during this time, however, we no longer have reception coverage until further notice.  Please take note of the following procedures that have been implemented: 1. Deliveries to our office You may continue to deliver or drop-off your documents at our office during […]

Mar 26 2020
New Information from the Alberta Government – 25 March 2020

In addition, it is now mandatory for travellers returning from outside of Canada to self-isolate. This legal requirement also applies to close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as well as to any individual with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or runny nose. “We must do everything we can to protect Albertans through […]

Mar 25 2020
Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses

March 25, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and the economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. No Canadian should have to choose between protecting their health, putting food on the table, paying for their medication or […]

Mar 25 2020
Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19

As announced by the Minister of Finance, BDC puts in place additional measures to provide relief for Canadian entrepreneurs. Effective March 18, 2020, new relief measures for qualified businesses include: Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible repayment terms such as principal postponements for qualifying businesses; Flexible repayment terms, such as postponement of principal payments for up to […]

Mar 24 2020
Support for Employers – New Supports Announced 23/03/2020

Corporate income tax changes Corporate income tax balances and instalment payments will be deferred from March 19 until August 31, 2020 to increase employers’ access to cash so they can pay employees, address debts and continue operations. Education property tax deferral Education property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level – reversing the […]

Mar 23 2020
Frequently Asked Questions – Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

1. What is the Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers? The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 2. Which employers are eligible? You are an eligible employer if you: are a […]

Mar 23 2020
Who qualifies for EI?

Whether you qualify for EI will still depend on your specific situation, such as regional rate of employment, and the number of hours worked in the last 52 weeks. The government recommends people apply as soon as possible to find out if they qualify; waiting more than four weeks after your last day of work means you could lose […]

Mar 20 2020
Support for Albertans – COVID-19

The Alberta government will provide immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families and vulnerable populations. Albertans should be focused on their health and not worry about whether they can pay their bills so we have put a number of options in place for those struggling financially. Emergency isolation support This will be a temporary program for […]

Mar 20 2020
Support for Employers – Alberta – COVID-19

The Alberta government will provide immediate funding and supportive measures to support local businesses, employers and employees. Support for employers Corporate income tax changes Corporate income tax balances and instalment payments will be deferred from March 19 until August 31, 2020 to increase employers’ access to cash so they can pay employees, address debts and […]