It has now snowed so officially golf season for Calgary is over.

Here we go again.  Acronyms abound.

October 9, 2020 Announcement on CEWS extension, CEBA Expansion and Help for Commercial Tenants

As we continue on in this new COVID 19 world, our federal government continues to expand and initiate new programs in order to help us survive, at least into the near future. 

Multiple plans have been setup for individuals including the initial Canada Emergency Response Benefit [CERB], and now the Canada Recovery Benefit [CRB]; Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit [CRSB]; Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit [CRCB] and revisions to the Employment Insurance [EI] program. Additional support is available for persons with disabilities, Post-secondary students, Seniors, and Indigenous peoples.

Full details of these many programs are available here:


Programs continue to be expanded and modified for businesses too and it’s becoming almost a full-time job trying to keep up and understand the myriad of choices available.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy [CEWS] has now been extended to the summer of 2021 with more revisions to the various periods. (with more details to come). The Work-Sharing program as been extended as well as opportunities for youth.

The Canada Emergency Business Account [CEBA] interest free loan program is going to be expanded with an additional $20,000 available subject to certain conditions. The existing Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance [CECRA] program is being supplemented with a new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy [CERS] (more details to come). Programs for Black-led business organizations and entrepreneurs through the National Ecosystem Fund and Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund. And targeted support for Young and Women entrepreneurs.

In addition sector support is being provided to Agriculture and agri-food; Culture, Heritage and Sport; Tourism; Energy; and many others.

The same link will take you further more complete information on these and other programs:


The question we can’t answer at this point in time is how we’re going to pay for all of these necessary programs. All we can hope for is a balanced response once the economy starts to return to a new normal.

If you need assistance with any of these programs, I will do my best to work through them with you.  I’m no expert but maybe together we can sort out the issues to help you qualify.

R Brenton Driscoll, CPA, CA

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2020 3rd Quarter Tax Tips & Traps

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