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The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is officially being extended

The federal government has once again extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to help business get back on their feet and rehire workers after months of forced closure.

The program, through which the government subsidizes 75 per cent of employee wages for eligible companies, was initially only supposed to last until June 6.

Back in May, the CEWS was extended through to the end of August as measures to curb the pandemic continued, and now on Monday, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that businesses will be able to take advantage of it until December 2020 as they reopen and adjust operations to the new normal.

The PM added in his media briefing that a timeline and further details will be announced later this week, and that the extension should "give greater certainty and support to businesses as we restart the economy."

The program, which initially drew some criticism, was also expanded to serve more types of businesses two months ago, and now includes things like journalistic organizations, tax-exempt Indigenous-owned corporations and partnerships, and non-public colleges and schools.

Ottawa is hoping that the subsidy continues to help residents transition from being laid off or unemployed and receiving the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), to getting back to work as the country reopens. 

The much-anticipated federal economic snapshot, released last week, revealed just how many hundreds of billions the government has had to shell out to help citizens amid the pandemic through programs like the CEWS and CERB.

Meanwhile, the news of this latest benefit extension was somewhat overshadowed today by Trudeau's apology for his WE Charity scandal.

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