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WeirFoulds lawyers start #CommunityOverCOVID movement to donate would-be lunch money to local food bank

While many professionals have started working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local food banks are struggling to keep up with demand. Health Canada has issued a statement encouraging Canadians to set aside a week’s supply of food, medicine and other household supplies. Unfortunately, this is not an option for Canadians who rely on food banks, many of whom have less than $8 per day to pay for their living expenses, including food and transportation, after rent is paid.

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The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: What All Employers Need to Know

On April 1, 2020, Finance Minister Bill Morneau provided details regarding the federal government’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy that was initially announced on March 27, 2020. Consistent with promises made by the government in recent days, the wage subsidy available to eligible business affected by COVID-19 will be increased significantly. The government had previously announced a Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers of 10%, capped at $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy promises wage subsidies of up to 75% on the first $58,700 of an employee’s wage, back-dated to March 15, 2020, with no per-employer maximum.