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Government Announces Details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to Help Businesses Keep Canadians in their jobs

From: Department of Finance Canada

April 1, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

To help Canadians and businesses get through these tough economic times, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the Government is proposing to introduce a wage subsidy of 75 per cent for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020.

This measure, which is a part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, would support businesses that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and would help protect the jobs Canadians depend on during these difficult times.

Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, announced the details of the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy:

  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week. The program would be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020.
  • Eligible employers who suffer a drop in gross revenues of at least 30 per cent in March, April or May, when compared to the same month in 2019, would be able to access the subsidy.
  • Eligible employers would include employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy, with the exception of public sector entities.
  • For non-profit organizations and registered charities similarly affected by a loss of revenue, the government will continue to work with the sector to ensure the definition of revenue is appropriate to their circumstances. The government is also considering additional support for non-profits and charities, particularly those involved in the front line response to COVID-19. Further details will be announced in the near term.
  • An eligible employer’s entitlement to this wage subsidy will be based entirely on the salary or wages actually paid to employees. All employers would be expected to at least make best efforts to top up salaries to 100% of the maximum wages covered.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is a key measure to ensure that workers are able to count on a source of income through this difficult time. It will enable employers to re-hire workers previously laid off, and to keep those who are already on payroll, so that Canada’s workforce and supply chains are able to return from this crisis in a strong position.

Eligible employers would be able to access the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy by applying through a Canada Revenue Agency online portal. More details regarding how to apply for the program will follow. Those organizations that do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy may continue to qualify for the previously announced wage subsidy of 10 per cent of remuneration paid from March 18 to before June 20, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.

The government will continue to carefully monitor all developments relating to the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to take further action to protect Canadians and the economy.


“Businesses provide the jobs, the goods and the services that Canadians depend on to keep their communities going, in good times and bad. With the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, we are helping businesses keep their staff on payroll so that businesses will be better positioned to rebound when the current challenges have passed. We will continue to do whatever it takes to ensure that workers and businesses are supported through the outbreak, and that our economy remains resilient during these difficult times.”

Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

“Small businesses are at the heart of our communities and are the backbone of our economy, employing millions of hard-working Canadians. There is no question that they are feeling the brunt of this challenging time. This wage subsidy will help keep more Canadians employed and will provide direct support to businesses so they can keep up with their bills. We will continue to listen to the very real needs of Canadian business owners and workers, and we will be there to support them every step of the way.”

Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

“We have been in constant communication with Canadian businesses, and we know that all sectors of the economy are being affected by COVID-19. With the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, employers—no matter their size—will be supported to weather this storm, to be ready to recover when it passes, and to help Canadians keep their jobs.”

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Quick facts

  • The government has taken action to support Canadian businesses through the outbreak of COVID-19, with targeted new initiatives that:
    • Allow businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments until June, as well as customs duties owed for imports. This measure is the equivalent of providing up to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. It will help businesses so they can continue to pay their employees and their bills, and help ease cash-flow challenges across the country.
    • Launch the new Canada Emergency Business Account. This program will provide up to $25 billion to eligible financial institutions so they can provide interest-free loans to small businesses, including not-for-profits. These loans – guaranteed and funded by the Government of Canada – will ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need, at a zero-per-cent interest rate, so they can pay for rent and other important costs over the next number of months.
    • Launch the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in lending, supported through Export Development Canada and Business Development Bank, for guaranteed loans when small businesses go to their financial institutions to help weather the impacts of COVID-19. This is intended for small and medium-sized companies that require greater help to meet their operational cash flow requirements.
    • Extend the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program, from 38 weeks to 76 weeks, for workers who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.
    • Increase credit available for farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada.
    • Defer the payment of income taxes. The government is allowing all taxpayers to defer, until August 31, 2020, the payment of income tax amounts that become owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020. This relief would apply to new balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.

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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world Wednesday – CBC

More than 100 COVID-19 related deaths in Canada; Spain tops 100,000 cases

Apr 01, 2020

A new month means a fresh set of bills for Canadian families and businesses struggling with the health and financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, as officials warn that the emergency and public health measures will likely be in place for some time to come.

With case numbers rising, several provinces have made moves to extend orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by a novel coronavirus that emerged in China and has since spread around the world.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix on Tuesday told people in his province there is “zero chance — none” that orders meant to tackle COVID-19 would be varied by the end of this month.

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Pikwakanagan First Nation near Golden Lake declares state of emergency over COVID-19 – CTV News

April 1, 2020

PIKWAKANAGAN, ONT. — The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation have declared a state of emergency in their territory.

The community is located on the shores of the Bonnechere River, about 15 km west of Eganville, Ontario.

In a press release, Chief Wendy Jocko said the declaration was effective as of March 31, 2020.

“This State of emergency was declared: To ensure a proactive approach through the implementation of precautionary measures by the Council to protect community members,” Jocko said.

She said the declaration is also meant to ensure timely access to outside funding and support, protect all members of the community, especially the most vulnerable, maintain essential services within the community and ensure community members recognize the severity of the current risk.

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Delaware Nation at Moraviantown is closing off community to battle COVID-19 – CBC

Roads into the community will be blocked off with concrete barriers, except for 2 access points

Apr 01, 2020

Delaware Nation at Moraviantown is closing off its community in an effort to protect itself from the spread of COVID-19.

Council decided on Tuesday that only residents and emergency services will be allowed to enter the community, with residents only allowed to leave for essential reasons. About 550 people live in Moraviantown, located in Chatham-Kent, Ont.

“We are currently dealing with the COVID-19 epidemic by exercising our governing authority to maintain the health and the wellness of our community,” said Delaware Nation Chief Denise Stonefish.

She explained that the community will be setting up two access points, and the remaining roads leading into the community will be blocked off with concrete barriers.

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Garden River First Nation Housing Memo

I am hoping everyone is staying safe and practicing social distancing. COVID-19 has presented our community and the world with very challenging circumstances. With what has happened to date and the unknowns of the future the Garden River Housing Department will assist our members in the safest and accommodating way possible.


The Garden River Housing Department will continue to do emergency call outs. What are considered emergency call outs? No heat, no hot water, floods and electrical issues.

When the Garden River Housing Department receives a call for an emergency, the staff member will be screening both the home’s family and contractor for any COVID-19 symptoms. If the home’s family has any symptoms we recommend that the family seek appropriate help for
further testing, however, we will not send in a contractor, we will instead do our best to troubleshoot over the phone what the problem is and attempt to fix this way. If a contractor has symptoms, again we will recommend that they seek the appropriate medial help, but we will
contact another contractor to assist with the call out.

All call outs will still be charged back to the home, unless it is a Section 95 unit and even Section 95 units could be charged back if the emergency call is deemed a Tenant Responsibility.


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Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 31, 2020

TORONTO — People who are being charged with an offence under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) will be required to identify themselves if asked by a provincial offences officer, which includes police officers, First Nations constables, special constables and municipal by-law enforcement officers. This temporary power was approved by the Ontario government today through an emergency order to better protect people during this COVID-19 outbreak.

“It is essential that measures are in place to allow provincial offences officers to lawfully require an individual to disclose their correct name, date of birth and address in order to protect our communities,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. “By providing provincial offences officers with this temporary power to obtain identifying information under the EMCPA, they will be able to enforce emergency orders during these extraordinary times.”

Emergency orders currently in place to address the COVID-19 outbreak include the closure of non-essential businesses, prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people and stopping price gouging on necessary goods such as disinfectant products. Failing to comply with any of these emergency orders is an offence under the EMCPA and so is the failure to identify oneself accurately.

Failing to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 for failure to comply with an order made under the EMCPA or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons.

These penalties apply in addition to the penalties for breaching other emergency orders.

“It is the responsibility of all Ontarians to do their part and respect the emergency orders in place. We are supporting provincial offences officer in their critical work to enforce that responsibility and ensure the safety and well-being of Ontarians,” added Solicitor General Jones.

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Métis Nation works with Ottawa on supporting Métis businesses from economic impact of COVID-19

On March 30 2020, Gary Anandasangaree, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Bennett, briefed the MNC and the CEOs of Métis Nation capital corporations from the five westernmost provinces on the federal government’s support for Canadian businesses from the economic impact of COVID-19. The discussion focused on how to ensure access of Métis businesses to new federal loans and loan guarantees for small business. This includes the Canada Emergency Business Account that will provide interest-free loans up to $40,000 with $10,000 forgivable if the loan is repaid by 2022.

It was agreed that a follow-up call will be made with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Corporation (EDC) , the two federal Crown corporations that will administer the new small and medium-sized business loan and loan guarantee programs, and Finance Canada. The Métis Nation will be pressing for a fast-track for the capital corporations that provide loans to hundreds of Métis businesses and their clients to access COVID 19 economic support. The capital corporations have paused loan repayments for their clients depriving them of revenue in the months to come and many of their businesses they support are in need of bridge loans to help them survive the sharp and sudden economic downturn.

“We greatly appreciate the Trudeau government’s support for small business during the COVID crisis,” said MNC Vice President and National Spokesperson David Chartrand, “but special measures will have to be taken to ensure our entrepreneurs will actually be able to access the funds and access them in time to avoid insolvency.”

The MNC Vice-President has also been working with Minister Miller to expedite the release of the first two years of funding from federal Budget 2019 which allocated $50 million for the Métis capital corporations over 5 years.

“The MNC and Governing Members have spent many decades building our capital corporations,” said Chartrand, “and we must ensure they remain strong and resilient and can support our businesses and the thousands of jobs associated with these businesses into the future.”


CINA: COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Indigenous Communities

What is the Coronavirus?

The Coronavirus is the name of a large family of viruses causing the novel COVID-19 respiratory illness initiating this global pandemic (WHO, 2020).

Who is at risk?

We are all at risk as this is a novel virus. There is an increased risk for Canadians that are: 65 and older, those

with compromised immune systems, or with underlying medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or blood pressure issues) (Government of Canada, 2020). There are outliers to those who are at risk, meaning there are exceptions.

How many cases are there?

As the number of cases is ever-changing and increasing, to find out how many active cases are present in Canada please visit the following link for accurate information: health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus- infection.html#a1

How is COVID-19 different from previous Coronaviruses and Influenzas?

This virus is different as it is novel, meaning NO ONE in the world has antibodies to it yet (or is immune) as no one has been infected by it previously (WHO, 2020). COVID-19 has been misrepresented in the media to be “just another flu”, but it has had a much worse effect than the common cold or influenza. The fatality rate of COVID-19 is much higher than the flu.

Spread 3 Main Ways (Government of Canada, 2020):

  1. 1)  Contact – Hand to hand contact (shaking hands), close contact (kissing, hugging), sharing items (drinks,


  2. 2)  Droplets – Respiratory droplets as a result of sneezing, coughing, laughing, cheering, singing, yelling.
  3. 3)  Surfaces – All surfaces both hard and soft including clothing and can be active for hours to days.

The virus infected droplets can enter your body through your mucus membrane (eyes, mouth, or nose). This causes infections in the lungs, nose and throat. These infected droplets are able to stay in the air for up to three hours indoors. It should be made clear that just because you don’t have any symptoms, does not mean that you cannot spread the virus to other people that may be more vulnerable for developing the illness than you are. It is because of this risk that all Canadians and Indigenous Peoples in Canada, must practice social distancing.
Under ideal conditions, the virus can live for up to 72 hours. Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands puts you at risk for developing COVID-19. Surfaces that are most often touched should be wiped down with at least 60% rubbing alcohol in order to disinfect the area/surface. The virus attaches itself to all surfaces however, it likes hard surfaces which can hold the virus for hours or days, so cleaning and proper hand hygiene is key (view infographic for proper handwashing protocol).

To avoid spreading the virus further, it is important to follow the precautions below:

  • Proper, thorough and consistent hand washing.
  • Change how we greet one another – instead of a handshake

    give a friendly wave or the nod that we do so well.

  • Avoid sharing cigarettes, or any smoking material including

    Ceremonial Pipes.

  • Keep our hands away from our face and others.
  • When possible make alternate arrangements for community

    events including Feasts, Funerals, Wakes, as we must limit our exposure and ensure that large groups of 10 or more are avoided.

  • Stay at home if you are sick, let others know you are sick and if you need to self-isolate.
  • Avoid outside contact with Elders, seniors, and anyone with an underlying health condition.
  • If you feel feverish monitor your temperature, practice proper cleaning and care of thermometers.
  • Do not think children and youth and young adults can’t catch this virus, that is not true: they can get it, suffer from it and they can carry it.


Freeland says First Nations, remote communities need special attention – The Globe and Mail

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MNO Supports Citizens Through COVID-19 Crisis

OTTAWA — The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) will be strategically deploying its portion of the critical funds allocated through the $305 million Indigenous Community Support Fund from the Government of Canada and the Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 fund from the Government of Ontario to meet the needs of Métis communities and to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“The safety and security of our citizens, families, and communities through this difficult time remains our single most important priority” said the President of the Métis Nation of Ontario.

The MNO will receive $3.625 million and $100,000 from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario respectively. This first round of funds provided by the two levels of government will be used to support citizens and communities in a wide range of areas from accessing food, medicine, medical transportation, and other household supplies to other forms of economic relief for citizens who require it due to job or economic loss.

“The spread of COVID-19 requires the focus and collaboration of all governments. The Métis Nation of Ontario is working bi-laterally with the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to collaborate on our collective response. We are appreciative of both governments’ commitment to work with the Métis Nation of Ontario during this challenging time, and the acknowledgement that more funds will be needed as we continue to deliver support,” added the MNO President.

The MNO website continues to provide updates to citizens and information on the measures that can be taken by Métis citizens to protect themselves and their communities. The MNO has postponed a series of planned gatherings and events as well as its election. In addition, the MNO has moved consultations with citizens to telephone conversations and online town halls/

The MNO will continue to work with partners to address the needs of Métis communities, and encourages all Métis citizens to visit to get the most up to date information on the MNO’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

MNO citizens and Métis families in Ontario facing any difficulties as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact the MNO at 1-800-263-4889 or

About the Indigenous Community Support Fund

The Government of Canada has committed $305 million to a new distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund to help Indigenous communities’ responses to the spread of COVID-19. The fund has been put in place to help address the immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities – to which $30 million is earmarked for Métis governments across the country.

About the Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

The Government of Ontario has committed to a $17 billion response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 fund earmarks $26 million to Indigenous peoples and communities which includes emergency assistance to address financial need of Indigenous people in urban areas and to help cover extra health care costs and critical supplies for remote First Nation communities.


Joanne Meyer
Chief Operating Officer
Suite 311, 75 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ON M5A 2P9
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Jennifer St. Germain
Chief Strategy Officer
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Ottawa, ON K1P 5H1
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