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Canadian COVID-19 Update | Monday, April 27

April 27, 2020

TIAC’s Work

  • Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, launched the application process for the CEWS. 
    • As of today, employers can apply for the CEWS through the My Business Account or through the CRA’s online application portal, and their representatives can apply through Represent a Client.
  • Tomorrow, TIAC’s President & CEO will once again participate in a Destination Canada COVID-19 public webinar.
  • The OECD secretary general addressed an international roundtable of Tourism Ministers late last week, outlining the unprecedented crisis facing the global tourism economy. 
    • You can access the full speech, which outlines some interesting statistics, here.
  • Abacus Data released an interesting look at what new polling data suggests about tourism recovery, specifically in the domestic market

In case you missed it … 

Government Announcements

  • Today, the Prime Minister announced that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) application portal is open. 
    • Employers can now submit a claim through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). To access the 75%, employers need to go online through 
    • The CRA has partnered with financial institutions and Canadians are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to get the money sooner.
  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) eligibility rules have been broadened to include self-employed workers including those who pay themselves through dividends. 
    • More details will come on student and seasonal worker programs. 
    • Canadians can only claim the CERB or the CEWS – one or the other, not both.
  • The first virtual session of Parliament will take place tomorrow, and be held in person on Wednesday. The government is moving forward and giving the provinces and territories the funding that they need to top up the wages of essential workers.
  • Provinces and territories are also collaborating on shared guidelines for re-opening the economy once the time comes. All provinces and territories will move at different paces, but we need clear coordination from coast to coast to coast. No matter where you live, Canadians need to continue listening to the advice of Public Health Officials. Through our COVID-19 Committee of Leaders, we are also putting strong recommendations forward for a coordinated approach across the country for recovery guidelines.
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