Article Date 20/10/2020

Changes to wage subsidy catch struggling restaurateurs off guard, advocates say

Source Financial Post

A change to the federal wage subsidy program has led to confusion among the hardest-hit sectors in Canada, surprising some business owners with added payroll costs that may force major layoffs, industry advocates say.

After overhauling the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) this summer, the government granted a grace period during which business owners would get at least as much money as they received under the old system. That grace period expired at the end of August, but the Canadian Chamber of Commerce said it was poorly communicated, if at all.

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