April 27, 2020

Support for small businesses available today

The long awaited Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for small businesses is now available. 

Small businesses affected by COVID-19 will receive a 75% subsidy for employee wages for up to 12 weeks.

This program will help Canadian small businesses survive the crisis and prevent further job losses. 

We Conservatives successfully pushed the government for improvements to the program. 

That included increasing the subsidy from the proposed original 10% to the current 75% support. 

We’ve also pushed for making the program more accessible, so Canadians who need support get the help they need. 




Additionally, the government has just announced a plan to offer small businesses rent relief — the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA).

Under this program the government will offer support for 75% of commercial rent for eligible small businesses. 

More details to come.

As always if you’re in need of federal assistance please reach out to me, I’m here to help you. 

These are trying times for everyone, but together we’ll get through this. 

E-mail: kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca


Support for students

The government has proposed a new Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) to provide relief for students affected by COVID-19. 

This program will provide support to students and new graduates who aren’t eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). 

Eligible students will receive $1,250 per month from May to August. 

We Conservatives are also proposing a new program to match students with essential jobs in agriculture.   

Farmers across Canada need workers and students need jobs.

This is a win-win policy that helps students, farmers and maintains the security of our food supply. 




Learn more about COVID-19

You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Public Health or the Public Health Authority of Canada

Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811.




Benefits for Canadians

There are programs available to help you and your family. 

Remember: the way the government set up CERB you need to reapply every 4 weeks. 




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