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Expired Federal COVID-19 Support Programs – The Complete List

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To support businesses affected by COVID-19 related closures, the Federal government had previously rolled out financial support programs and extended some existing ones through Bill C-2. The following programs introduced through Bill C-2 ended on May 7, 2022:

  • Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP)
  • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP)
  • Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB)
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

When applying for COVID-19 wage and hiring support (CRHP, THRP, HHBRP), eligible businesses have 180 days after the end of a claim period to submit their claim. Applications to CRCB and CRSB can also be made retroactively for up to 60 days after the end of a claim period. The last claim period for these employee support programs is Period 84: May 1 to 7, 2022. It will be open for applications till July 6, 2022.

What employer support programs were introduced or extended through Bill C-2?

The Local Lockdown Program: This program offered support to businesses under temporary new local lockdowns up to the maximum amount available through the wage and rent subsidy programs.

The eligibility criteria for this program also included businesses required to follow operating capacity restrictions of 50 per cent or more.

Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program: This program provided wage and rent subsidy support to hotels, tour operators, travel agencies and restaurants with a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent.

Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program: This provided wage and rent subsidies to other businesses that had faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50 per cent. Businesses that applied for these recovery programs used a  “two-key” eligibility system where they were required to show significant revenue losses over the course of 12 months of the pandemic, in addition to revenue losses in the month they applied for.

The Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) was extended from its original expiry date of November 20, 2021, to May 7, 2022. This program helped eligible employers who had experienced losses of over 10 per cent in current revenue due to COVID-19. The subsidy rate was also increased to 50 per cent. This extension was designed to assist businesses as they continued to hire back workers and create additional jobs.

What employee support programs were introduced or extended through Bill C-2?

The Federal government introduced the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB) to provide temporary income support to eligible employed and self-employed individuals who could not work due to the imposition of a COVID-19 lockdown in their region or due to public health orders imposing capacity restrictions of 50 per cent or more on businesses. Eligible applicants also included those who experienced a 50 per cent reduction in their average weekly income due to the said measures.

The CWLB provided $300 per week ($270 after taxes withheld) to eligible applicants who were out of work or had suffered a 50 per cent income loss due to a government-issued lockdown or capacity restrictions anytime between October 24, 2021, and May 7, 2022.

The CWLB did not extend to workers who have had a loss of income due to non-compliance with a workplace vaccine mandate or policy.

The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit were extended until May 7, 2022. The maximum duration of these temporary income support programs was also extended by 2 weeks. This means the number of weeks you could apply for CRSB was increased from 4 to 6, and for CRCB from 44 to 46 weeks.

What employer support programs  ended on October 23, 2021?

The following programs expired on October 23, 2021:

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): This program was in place from September 27, 2020. Through CERS, businesses who experienced a drop in revenue during the pandemic received a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS): This was first introduced on March 27, 2020. CEWS benefited Canadian employers negatively affected by COVID-19. The subsidy assisted eligible employers cover part of their employee wages to enable businesses to re-hire workers and help prevent further job loss.

What employee support programs expired on October 23, 2021?

The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), formally called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), expired on October 23, 2021. CRB came into effect on March 15, 2020. It provided financial support to employees whose employment was directly affected by COVID-19.

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