May 8, 2020

Determine your eligibility for rent and wage subsidies

You will be asked a few questions to find out if your organization may be eligible for the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP), Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) or Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program (HHBRP) as of claim period 22 (claims that cover October 24, 2021, and later).

Learn the wage and rent subsidy eligibility criteria

You can read the full eligibility criteria for all subsidies, including eligibility for earlier periods of the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) and Canadian Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP).

Apply for the Canadian Recovery Hiring Program

As an employer in Canada who continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for a subsidy to cover part of your wages as you hire new employees and increase existing employees' wages or hours. 

Learn your responsibilities as an employer during the pandemic

Under Ontario law, employers have the duty to keep workers and workplaces safe and free of hazards.

Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program

Eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity will receive rebate payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to these measures. Eligible businesses required to reduce capacity to 50 per cent, such as smaller retail stores, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 50 per cent of their costs, while businesses required to close for indoor activities, such as restaurants and gyms, will receive a rebate payment equivalent to 100 per cent of their costs.

Ontario COVID-19 Business Relief Grant

Eligible businesses subject to closures as a result of the province’s move to the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen will receive a grant of $10,000.

Develop a workplace safety plan

All businesses operating in Ontario are required to develop a COVID-19 workplace safety plan and to review and update it regularly. We recommend you adapt either the Provincial Government's Safety Plan Template, or the template provided courtesy of EIO Solutions.

Create a screening questionnaire for your workplace

Landscape Ontario has crated a Google Form screening questionnaire members can adapt for their workplaces. 

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. If you are eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period. If your situation continues, you will need to apply again. You may apply for up to a total of 6 weeks between September 27, 2020 and May 7, 2022.

Utilize the store capacity calaculator

The Retail Council of Canada provides a calculator based on square footage to help stores in Ontario determine their capacity limit.

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