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Canada wage subsidy policy spells good news for immigrants

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, announced today the extension of the federal wage subsidy program until December.

The prime minister says that this should provide “greater certainty and support” to businesses as Canada plans to reopen its economy.

The announcement should help to support the recovery of jobs that were lost following coronavirus lockdown measures. This should allow both Canadians and immigrants out of work land on their feet more quickly.

In addition, there have been ongoing talks with the provinces and territories on the “safe restart program”.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was introduced in March to help alleviate expected financial burdens on businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program was also introduced to give incentive to businesses who were affected by COVID-19, to rehire laid off workers and avoid future layoffs. The government hoped to achieve this by providing a 75% wage subsidy for up to $847 weekly, to eligible businesses.

Generally, businesses and non-profits were eligible to claim the subsidy if they saw a revenue reduction of 30%. For March, this was 15%.