Ron McKinnon
Ron McKinnon
Member of Parliament for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
COVID-19 Update | May 5, 2020
May 5, 2020

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Federal Program Updates


Dear Neighbour, 

Last week, Members of Parliament across Canada took part in the first virtual sitting in Canadian Parliamentary history! I am honoured to represent Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam in the House of Commons and it is my commitment to work hard and advocate for the priorities of our community. 

My team and I continue to work hard every day to respond to the needs and concerns of our community. We are still dealing with a high volume of urgent requests, but are committed to responding to every constituent. 

We are also focused on ensuring that everyone has the most up-to-date information and that it is accessible. For daily updates, follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit my website.

This week, the application portal for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy opened for applications from eligible employers

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy can provide eligible employers whose businesses have been affected by COVID-19, a subsidy of up to 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020 to June 6, 2020. 

The wage subsidy will allow employers to re-hire workers who were previously laid off for reasons related to COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position businesses to resume normal operations following this crisis. 

Who is an Eligible Employer? 

Public institutions, which includes: municipalities and local governments, Crown corporations, public universities, colleges, schools and hospitals are not eligible to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Determine your Eligible Employees

Retroactively Hiring and Paying Employees

What is Eligible Renumeration? 

Eligible Renumeration refers to the amount employers pay an employee as salary, wages, and other taxable benefits, fees, and commissions. These are amounts employers would be required to make payroll deductions on to be remitted to the CRA. 

Baseline Renumeration

Applicants will need to determine each employee’s baseline renumeration which refers to the average weekly eligible renumeration paid to an employee during the period of January 1, 2020, to March 15, 2020. Employers are able to exclude from their calculation any period of seven or more consecutive days in which the employee was not paid  

Calculate your Subsidy Amount

When applying for the wage subsidy, employers will be asked to input amounts such as gross payroll and the number of eligible employees. 

How is the Subsidy Calculated?

The wage subsidy is based on: 

  1. The number and type of eligible employees an employer has, and 
  2. The amount and type of pay in respect of a period they received both before and during the crisis 

There is no limit on the total subsidy amount that an eligible employer may claim

Input Your Information- How to Use the Calculator 

  1. Calculate the basic Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy using the spreadsheet provided as part of the calculator 
  2. Input the amounts from the spreadsheet as indicated 
  3. Enter the refund of employer contributions for any employees on leave with pay 
  4. Enter any amounts for employees receiving a Work-Sharing benefit through Employment Insurance 
  5. Enter the amount you are eligible for under the under the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers program for this claim period 
  6. Print and save the information to enter for your future applications 

How to Apply

Before you apply

Applying for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy 

The wage subsidy will be processed at the payroll program (RP) account level which requires employers to file a separate application for each RP account 

For a detailed guide to the application process, read the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy application guide

Three Way to Apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

  1. Apply using My Business Account
  2. Representatives for businesses can apply using Represent a Client
  3. Use the Web Forms application with your web access code if neither of the above options work for you. 

After You Apply

Include the Subsidy on Your Returns

Got questions?: Frequently Asked Questions about the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)



Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

Last week, our Prime Minister announced partnerships with provinces and territories in order to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses. 

The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program will: 

The CECRA is expected to be available starting in mid-May, with commercial property owners lowering the rents of their small business tenants payable for the months of April and May, retroactively, and for June 

Who is Eligible to Apply for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance? 

To qualify, the property owner must meet the following eligibility requirements

What is an Impacted Small Business Tenant? 

Impacted small business tenants are businesses that: 

How Does the CECRA for Small Businesses Program Work? 

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) administers the program on behalf of the federal government and its provincial and territorial partners  

The program provides assistance for the months of April, May and June 2020

The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020

More information will be provided as it becomes available regarding how to apply and how funds will be disbursed. 

Yours sincerely,


Ron McKinnon

Member of Parliament for Coquitlam - Port Coquitlam 

Main office - Port Coquitlam
3278 Westwood Street Suite 101
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
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