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Changes to revenue thresholds and subsidy rates

The base wage subsidy is established on a sliding scale based on the drop in the employer’s revenue. The top-up subsidy will only be eligible for employers who have experienced an average revenue drop of more than 50% over a three-month period prior to the referred period.

  • These measures are applicable beginning with period 5 (July 5 to August 1, 2020), so that the subsidy will be gradually reduced for the following periods.
  • The base subsidy and the top-up subsidy are calculated on a maximum weekly benefit of $1,129 per employee.
Base subsidy

The base subsidy varies according to the drop in the employer’s revenue according to the following rates:

Subsidy reference periods Subsidy rate (salary reimbursement rate % x $1,129 per employee)

Maximum weekly subsidy/employee
For the year 2020 Loss of revenue
50% and more
Loss of revenue
0 à 49%
Period 5 July 5 to August 1, 2020 60% 1,2 x
% of loss of revenues
Up to $667*
Period 6 August 2 to August 29, 2020 60% 1,2 x
% of loss of revenue
Up to $667
Period 7 August 30 to Sept. 26, 2020 50% 1,0 x
% of loss of revenue
Up to $565
Period 8 Sept. 27 to Oct. 24, 2020 40% 0,8 x
% of loss of revenue
Up to $452
Period 9 Oct. 25 to Nov. 21, 2020 20% 0,4 x
% of loss of revenue
Up to $226
Period 10 Nov. 22 to Dec. 19, 2020 Details to come Details to come Details to come

* 60% of $1129

Transitional rule for the periods of July and August 2020 (periods 5 and 6) – Employers who have suffered a revenue drop of 30% or more, but not more than 50%, may receive the same subsidy rate (75%) as that for which they were eligible under the old rules for period 5 and 6.

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