The Government of Canada launches online calculator to help businesses apply for the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program
OTTAWA, ON, June 30, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting Canadian businesses in the face of the ongoing pandemic. With the recently announced Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP), hard-hit businesses will be able to hire the workers they need to recover and grow as local economies reopen. The CRHP supports payroll as businesses grow, whether as a result of hiring staff, increasing shifts, or increasing overall pay.
Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, launched an online calculator to help eligible employers prepare their CRHP applications. This calculator integrates the new CRHP with the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), automatically showing applicants which subsidy will provide them with more support, based on the information they enter.
The CRHP and the CEWS both support the payroll of eligible employers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, while the CEWS was meant to help eligible employers keep their employees on their payroll and help them rehire, the CRHP is designed to encourage businesses to (re)hire and grow as the economy recovers.
The CRHP and the CEWS are both based on four-week claim periods. From June 6, 2021 to September 25, 2021 (claim periods 17 to 20), the subsidies overlap so that, as CEWS rates gradually decline, eligible employers would still be able to receive support through the CRHP if they hire more workers or increase workers' hours or wages. This will make it easier for eligible employers to hire new workers and do so at a pace that works best for them as different jurisdictions reopen their economies at different paces.
For the four overlapping claim periods, eligible employers can apply for either subsidy, based on whichever subsidy provides the higher amount of support. An eligible employer must claim the greater of the CRHP and the CEWS for a particular claim period, but not both. The CRHP web pages launched today include detailed information about eligibility requirements, how payment periods are structured, and how the CRHP is calculated.
Eligible employers will be able to apply for the CRHP as of July 7, 2021, when the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will open applications through My Business Account and Represent a Client. The CRA will begin to issue CRHP payments to eligible employers during the week of July 12, 2021.
The CRA recognizes and appreciates the important role that stakeholders play in providing feedback on how the CRHP will operate. We look forward to continuing to work closely with businesses, non-profits, and charities as well as their representative organizations as we deliver the new CRHP to Canadians.
"Canadian businesses have taken a substantial hit since the pandemic arrived. Our government has been working tirelessly to provide eligible employers with the support they need to ensure these are not lasting effects. Thanks to today's calculator launch by the Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian businesses will be able to easily calculate and apply for either the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program or the existing Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program in order to get the highest payment to help them in their financial recovery."
- The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
"Canadian workers and businesses have showed incredible resilience through the pandemic. Our plan to extend business support programs and introduce the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program will help businesses support their workers through the final stretches of the pandemic and hire new workers at a pace that works for them. By giving businesses certainty about their support in the weeks and months ahead, they will have the confidence they need to create jobs and invest in growth."
- The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
· The CRHP will be available to support eligible employers for all claim periods from June 6, 2021, to November 20, 2021.
· The CEWS is calculated based on eligible remuneration paid to eligible employees in a claim period. The CRHP is calculated based on incremental remuneration, which is the increase in the total eligible remuneration paid to active eligible employees in a claim period as compared to the total eligible remuneration paid to active eligible employees during the base period (March 14, 2021 to April 10, 2021, which is claim Period 14).
· The CRHP will provide a subsidy equal to the incremental remuneration for a claim period multiplied by a fixed subsidy rate. The subsidy rate is 50% for claim period 17 and will gradually decrease to 20% by claim period 22.
· Similar to the CEWS, the CRHP will have an automated validation system that will compare the claimant's amounts against a number of key validations. Eligible employers whose applications pass through this automated validations process can expect to receive their payments by direct deposit within 3-5 business days.
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June 21, 2021
Ontario BIA Association Tackles Accessibility of Ontario’s Heritage Buildings
Built-environment professionals strategize how to make Ontario’s heritage buildings more accessible
Toronto, ON—The Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) has worked with the Government of Ontario to help BIAs and their business members understand and comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). OBIAA is very pleased to announce its newest accessibility initiative – Accessing Our Heritage.
Accessing Our Heritagefocuses on increasing the accessibility of Ontario’s heritage buildings, spaces and main streets. A conference for built-environment professionals will be held on October 20, 2021 to discuss how to remove barriers to making heritage buildings and spaces more accessible.
“Accessing Our Heritage is key to moving forward. Our main streets are filled with beautiful old buildings that are still active and occupied with small main street businesses. Keeping them active and vital as we begin our economic recovery needs to have a holistic approach for all of our collective futures,” stated Kay Matthews, Executive Director of the Ontario BIA Association.
The Accessing our Heritage Conference aims to inspire action and build awareness among planners, architects, engineers, heritage leaders, media, BIAs, businesses, people with disabilities and more. This will be a gathering of people who care deeply about heritage and accessibility and who, through multi-stakeholder dialogue, can develop a vision that unites their distinct roles and visions in an effort to increase the accessibility of Ontario’s heritage buildings.
“I want to thank OBIAA for their leadership in helping to make the province’s heritage spaces more accessible,” said Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility. “Removing barriers helps ensure that all Ontarians can enjoy the richness of our history by accessing heritage buildings and main streets.”
The conference planning team consists of BIAs, municipal accessibility staff, business owners and individuals with disabilities. Those interested in getting news and updates on the conference can Sign Up here or on the OBIAA website. Please visit https://obiaa.com/projects/accessibility for more information on OBIAA and accessibility.
The Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), since 2001, acts as an important resource for education, partnership and collaboration to each BIA across the province. OBIAA is the network that represents the more than 300 unique and vibrant BIAs across Ontario. OBIAA is a leader in the development and sharing of information, tools, resources and best practices, and is the ONE voice on common issues.
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Kay Matthews, Executive Directorm, Ontario BIA Association
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Constance Exley, OBIAA Accessibility Project Manager, Accessibility Services Canada
Hydro One launches Small Business Pandemic Relief Program to connect struggling businesses with up to $3,000 in financial assistance and government relief
Since the pandemic began, outstanding balances of business customers have increased by 51 per cent TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro One announced a Small Business Pandemic Relief Program to provide financial assistance and flexibility to its small business customers when they need it most. Since the pandemic began, the company has seen the outstanding balances of business customers increase by 51 per cent. Combined with the Government of Ontario's COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) for Small Business, Hydro One's new relief program will help connect customers with up to $3,000 in financial assistance.
"Small businesses are the heart of a community and they are facing serious challenges during this unprecedented time," said Mark Poweska, President and CEO, Hydro One. "As a customer-driven organization, we believe we have an important responsibility to support local economies and help small businesses with financial relief and flexibility. Our Customer Care Team is ready to quickly connect customers with up to $3,000 of financial assistance, government relief and flexible payment plans to allow business owners to focus on what matters – staying safe and making it through this challenging time."
"Our government stands by small businesses and continues to deliver urgent electricity relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. "Hydro One's new program is welcomed relief for small businesses as they continue working overtime to support local economies and strengthen communities."
"As drivers of economic growth across Ontario, small businesses need our help now more than ever," said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "Through Hydro One's new Small Business Pandemic Relief Program, small businesses across the province will get access to supports they need and deserve. Thank you to the entire Hydro One team for showing leadership during this challenging time."
According to Statistics Canada, small businesses represent 98 per cent of all employer businesses in Canada and were more likely to experience a decrease in revenue in the current economic environment. Hydro One's new relief program will support local economies at a time when it is needed most. If you are a small business owner and need assistance, please call 1-888-664-9376. Hydro One's Customer Contact Centre is open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
In addition to Hydro One's Small Business Pandemic Relief Program, residential customers behind on their payments can contact Hydro One to access its Pandemic Relief Program, which has been providing residential customers with financial support and payment flexibility since March.
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Hydro One Limited, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with approximately 1.4 million valued customers, approximately $27.1 billion in assets as at December 31, 2019, and annual revenues in 2019 of approximately $6.5 billion. Our team of approximately 8,800 skilled and dedicated employees proudly build and maintain a safe and reliable electricity system, which is essential to supporting strong and successful communities. In 2019, Hydro One invested approximately $1.7 billion in its transmission and distribution networks and supported the economy through buying approximately $1.5 billion of goods and services. We are committed to the communities where we live and work through community investment, sustainability and diversity initiatives. We are designated as a Sustainable Electricity Company by the Canadian Electricity Association. Hydro One Limited's common shares are listed on the TSX and certain of Hydro One Inc.'s medium term notes are listed on the NYSE. Additional information can be accessed at www.HydroOne.com; www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov.
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Government of Canada invests in
Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that the Government is investing $72 million over three years as part of the Sectoral Initiatives Program's existing funding. Distributed through a call for proposals, which will remain open for six weeks, this investment will fund sector-specific projects to help Canadian workers gain skills and access resources. It will also help businesses and networks scale up strategies to drive job growth and create standards for education and certification purposes.
With the support of industry and labour partners, the Government will build on its work to help key sectors address their current and future workforce needs through at least one of three approaches.
The first approach focuses on ensuring Canadians have access to job tools and resources so that they can make informed decisions about their career path. Projects that receive funding under this approach will have the goal of helping employers, Canadians looking for work, students and educators make informed decisions about hiring, skills training and career choices.
The second approach is the development of projects that offer training to workers looking to upgrade their skills or start a new career.
The third approach focuses on helping small and medium-sized businesses meet their hiring needs through the development of new strategies, or the scaling-up of proven workforce development strategies.
This announcement builds on the Government's commitment to creating one million jobs and making the largest investment in training for workers in Canadian history. An inclusive approach to Canada's recovery from the pandemic that takes into account the various challenges workers have faced during this crisis, will enable Canadians to find and keep good jobs and support our economy for years to come.
"Canadian workers and employers are facing new and evolving challenges, brought on and exacerbated by the pandemic. With some sectors experiencing the impacts more than others, we are taking additional steps to help Canadians get back on their feet. We have an opportunity not just to support Canadians and businesses, but also to grow their potential. With a comprehensive and bold approach to job creation, we will build back better."
Sectoral Initiatives Program
The Sectoral Initiatives Program is a grants and contributions program with a mandate to help key sectors of the Canadian economy identify, forecast and address their human resources and skills issues. The Program provides funding to stakeholders to develop and distribute sector-specific labour market intelligence, national occupational standards, skills certification and accreditation systems, and innovative workforce development approaches while also promoting the participation of under-represented groups.
The Program funds multi-year stakeholder-based projects in key economic sectors to advance the Canadian labour market.
Taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Sectoral Initiatives Program call for proposals is considering a wider variety of projects compared to past years.
Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
Each sector is experiencing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic differently. By making investments in sector-specific projects, through the Sectoral Initiatives Program, the Government is helping key sectors to address challenges that are unique to their businesses and workers, helping them through the recovery stage.
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