COVID-19 Resource Centre
Tax Payment and Filing Deadlines for Personal Tax Returns – The CRA has announced that there will now be no late-filing penalties on a personal tax return as long as it is filed by September 1 (previously June 1) AND the payment of taxes owing must also be received by September 1, 2020.
Changes to Layoffs in Ontario: What Does This Mean for Your Business? – Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) is a new job-protected leave that applies retroactively to all non-unionized employees whose hours were temporarily reduced or eliminated on or after March 1, 2020, as a result of COVID-19. We’ve created a helpful resource to explain how IDEL impacts non-unionized employees in Ontario.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, provided additional details on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) at a news conference held on April 1, 2020 (Article updated: May 27, 2020).
Agribusiness Government Program Changes: Quick Reference – Visit this reference page for a number of recent changes to the Agribusiness Government programs. (Updated: May 25, 2020)
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance – We’ve provided a summary of the key supports available to businesses facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. (Article updated: May 27, 2020)
Canadian Tax Recap – This article (Updated by RSM Canada: May 7, 2020) provides a helpful recap of all tax updates from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Provincial governmental authorities related to COVID-19.
HR COVID-19 Audit: Proactive Planning for Employers – On May 14, 2020, Premier Doug Ford announced the plan to phase out its semi-lockdown starting on May 19, 2020. We can help walk you through the critical steps you should consider for the return to work and re-opening of your business.
Government Announces Additional Support for the Agribusiness Sector – On May 5, 2020, the Federal Government announced an investment of more than $252 million to support farmers, food businesses, and food processors who provide essential services.
Frequently Asked Questions – Our FAQ Centre was created to assist with the common COVID-19 questions that our client’s are asking. We are updating this page regularly (Updated: April 30, 2020).
Funding Guide – A handy reference guide developed by RSM Canada (Updated: April 30, 2020) detailing the various funding and supports available to businesses through the Federal government (e.g. CEWS, Temporary Wage Subsidy, EI Work-Sharing Program, Business Loans etc.)
Finding Creative Solutions for Commercial Tenancies during COVID-19 – An article that examines some creative ways in which commercial real estate landlords and tenants are working together during the pandemic.
Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative – On April 24, 2020, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced that they are investing up to $2.5M to help the agri-food sector expand online. The program is available to food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations.
Labour Inspections for Temporary Foreign Agricultural Workers – Starting April 21, 2020, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) will begin to conduct workplace inspections with a focus on workplaces that employ temporary foreign agricultural workers across Ontario.
Funding Support for Farmers and Food Processors Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic – $50 million in federal funding has been made available to help employers cover the costs incurred during the mandatory 14-day quarantine required for all temporary foreign workers arriving from abroad.
Five Strategies to Consider for Generating Tax Relief During COVID-19 – With the markets being down as a result of COVID-19, we’ve provided some tax planning options that you may wish to consider.
Can I Deduct Home Office Expenses During COVID-19? – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to temporarily close down their business premises. As a result, many employees have been asked to work from their homes. This has raised a few questions relating to the deductibility of home office expenses.
2020-2021 Ontario’s Action Plan Commentary – On March 25, 2020, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 (March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update). We’ve created a summary of the key points.
Update – Federal Government Economic Response Plan – On March 25, 2020, the Federal Government announced an update to their previous Economic Response Plan. We’ve created a helpful resource for workers affected by COVID-19 to help determine eligibility for the various government supports.
Federal Government Economic Response Plan Summary – In response to COVID-19, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and certain provincial governmental authorities released new tax measures for Canadians yesterday (March 18, 2020). Article outlines CERB and EI.
COVID-19: Best HR Practices – There is a lot of information circulating regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In this time of uncertainty, we want to ensure you have the most accurate and up to date best HR practices.
Important Tax Update – Response to COVID-19 – In response to COVID-19, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and certain provincial governmental authorities released new tax measures for Canadians on March 18, 2020. Article covers the 10% wage subsidy.