On March 18, 2020 the Government of Canada announced they will be providing a total of $82 billion in support of Canadians and small businesses during COVID-19.
Here are some COVID-19 Credits that are available to you as a Canadian small business owner.
- Tax filing deadlines are extended, as well as deadlines for tax payments until August 31, 2020
- Reduce the amount of payroll deductions you have to send to the CRA with the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy program. Learn more.
- Eligible businesses will receive a 75% wage subsidy (which will be backdated from March 15, 2020), for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Learn how to receive your subsidy here.
- The Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small to medium sized businesses will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners that will provide over 50% of three monthly rent payments. The loans will only be forgiven if the property owners agree to reduce small business tenants rents by at least 75% for three months.
- Guarantee bank loans up to $40,000 for small businesses, which will be interest free for 1 year
- CRA will temporarily suspend audit interactions
- The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is available through BDC and EDC, and will provide more than $10 billion in additional support to help small businesses remain resilient
- The OSFI is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer by 1.25%
- The Bank of Canada will adjust its market liquidity operations and will broaden eligible collateral to include the full range of collateral eligible under the Standing Liquidity Facility
- GST and HST payments, and duties and taxes owed on imports, will be deferred until June
- Work-Share program is being extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks
- Farm Credit Canada will be providing an addition $5 million in lending capacity to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors
CRA will provide income support to:
- Self-employed workers who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI or sickness benefits
- Self-employed workers who are taking care of any family members sick with COVID-19, but do not qualify for EI
- Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school closures and cannot earn employment income
- The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit is a taxable benefit of $2000 for up to four months for workers who have their lost income due to COVID-19