Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

What is the Temporary Wage Subsidy?
A temporary three-month measure that allows eligible employers to reduce the amount of their payroll federal income tax remittances due to the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”).

How much is the Temporary Wage Subsidy?
The subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay from March 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020, up to $1,375 for each eligible employee to a maximum of $25,000 total per employer.

These amounts and percentages are not part of the law and will be defined in regulations that have not yet been published.

An employer’s calculation is based on the highest number of eligible employees at any time during the three-month period.

Who is eligible for the Temporary Wage Subsidy?
Non-profit organizations, registered charities, Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPCs) that qualify for the small-business deduction (in their last taxation year or, if they do not have a tax year that ended before the start of the eligible period, in the 12 months that ended before the eligible period), partnerships (all members of which are CCPCs as described above, individuals, or registered charities), or individuals (not a trust) who:

  • Have an existing business number and payroll program account with the CRA on March 18, 2020

AND

  • Pays salary, wages, bonuses, or other remuneration to an employee between March 18, 2020 and June 19, 2020 to an eligible employee.

How do I benefit from the subsidy?
The subsidy must be calculated manually, either by the employer or whoever is responsible for making the employer’s payroll remittances.

For example, if you deducted a total of $2,500 of income tax from your employees’ pay and calculated a subsidy of $2,050, you would reduce your current payroll remittance of federal, provincial, or territorial income tax by $2,050. This means you would only remit $450 of income tax to the CRA.

The remaining $2,050 that you keep would represent your subsidy.

Where can I find more information?

Canadian Payroll Association

Government of Canada

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Posted April 3, 2020

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