News about CEWS and Rent Assistance

Please read this information from Restaurants Canada to take part in the discussion about extending CEWS until the end of September. Follow the links to leave your feedback to Ottawa.

We encourage you to participate in the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Consultation before June 5.

The federal government is currently considering changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to help maximize employment and best meet the needs of businesses and workers during these challenging times.

To inform this process, the Department of Finance Canada is now seeking information and feedback from businesses of all sizes, labour representatives, not-for-profits and charities on potential changes to the program, with a view to maximize employment in Canada and encourage growth.

Help us raise the voice of foodservice

  • Extend the CEWS by 16 weeks rather than 12 weeks. Legislation currently allows for the CEWS to be extended for an additional 16 weeks, specifically to Sept. 30, 2020. While foodservice establishments are slowly reopening their on-premise dining services as restrictions continue to be lifted across Canada, it might be some time before they are operating at full capacity again. Extending the CEWS to the full 16 weeks will give employers and workers greater confidence that they will continue to receive the support they need during these difficult times. Moreover, the government aid will continue to encourage more employers to bring staff back onto the payroll sooner, despite operating at limited capacity and generating reduced revenues.
  • Tiered eligibility for the CEWS. Restaurants Canada recommends adjustments to the 30% revenue decline threshold for the CEWS. Scaling this eligibility requirement would support businesses in their recovery efforts instead of serving as a disincentive to grow the business at the risk of losing access to the subsidy.
  • Continuation of the existing deeming rule. The continuation of the deeming rule would mitigate the administrative burden for employers. This measure has so far been a success and should be continued.
  • Navigating COVID-19: CECRA Program

    The application portal for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses is now open.

    If you’re still wondering how this program works and if your business is able to benefit, MENU spoke with CHI Real Estate Group to answer your most pressing questions. Read more at

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