The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy has had less traction than the government was anticipating, and they’re curious as to why. They are seeking feedback and recommendations for potential changes to the program and we strongly recommend you fill out their form and share it! The Young Associates team has been drafting our own submission based on our experiences with the program — we’ll share that with you next week — but we encourage you to do your own. The more feedback the government gets from the charity and not-for-profit sector, the better!
CEWS Feedback Form
The Canada Revenue Agency has published the following survey to gather feedback on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. We understand this is a very busy time for everyone in the industry, but we believe that with enough feedback, the government may make changes to the program that will positively impact the arts and cultural sectors through the rest of 2020 and beyond.
1. The consultation seeks input on the eight questions intended to inform advice to the government on potential changes to the program.
2. Are there specific challenges associated with the CEWS program? For example, are there challenges with respect to its accessibility, its incentive impacts, or any other aspect?
3. What adjustments to the CEWS would you propose to provide the right level of support to those most affected by the pandemic while supporting the economic recovery?
4. Would adding complexity to the CEWS program be acceptable in order to expand access to this support, or better target support to those who need it?
5. To what extent are employers using the CEWS to provide support to furloughed employees as compared to using it as a means to pay active employees? Do employers value maintaining ties with furloughed employees by keeping them on the payroll? Should the level of support for furloughed employees be the same as for active employees?
6. What are the key barriers to rehiring workers recently laid off due to the pandemic?
7. Are there specific factors that are preventing or discouraging employers from applying for the CEWS?
8. If you are a seasonal business are there any unique challenges you are facing in relation to the CEWS?
9. How do you foresee the CEWS interacting with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) over this extended period? Do you have any additional comments about the CERB?
For more information, please visit: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Consultation