Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)

June 17, 2021

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Canada Recovery Hiring Program

Recently, the federal government proposed a federal budget that included a new support program for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This new support program is the Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP). The intention of this program is to help businesses grow and recover through the hiring of more employees by providing a subsidy.

The CRHP is included in Bill C-30 which is currently before Parliament, and if approved will help offset a portion of reopening costs for businesses caused by increased employee wages and hours.

The program would provide eligible employers with up to 50% of incremental remuneration paid to eligible active employees between the dates of June 6, 2021, and November 20, 2021.

To qualify for the CRHP, a revenue decline of more than 0 percent between June 6, 2021, and July 3, 2021, is required. Additionally, the revenue must drop a minimum of 10 percent for the periods between July 4, 2021 and November 20, 2021.

Revenue comparison periods

PeriodPeriod 17Period 18Period 19Period 20Period 21Period 22
June 6 – July 3July 4 – July 31August 1 – August 28August 29 – September 25September 26 – October 23October 24 – November 20
General approachJune 2021 over June 2019 or May 2021 over May 2019July 2021 over July 2019 or June 2021 over June 2019August 2021 over August 2019 or July 2021 over July 2019September 2021 over September 2019 or August 2021 over August 2019October 2021 over October 2019 or September 2021 over September 2019November 2021 over November 2019 or October 2021 over October 2019
Alternative approachJune 2021 or May 2021 over average of January and February 2020July 2021 or June 2021 over average of January and February 2020August 2021 or July 2021 over average of January and February 2020September 2021 or August 2021 over average of January and February 2020October 2021 or September 2021 over average of January and February 2020November 2021 or October 2021 over average of January and February 2020

The criterion for eligibility is similar to the existing Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program and incremental remuneration for a qualifying period is the difference between total eligible remuneration paid during the qualifying period and total eligible remuneration paid during the baseline. The maximum eligible remuneration per employee that qualifies for the CRHP is $1,129 per week.

Dates used for incremental remuneration calculation

Qualifying periodPeriod 17Period 18Period 19Period 20Period 21Period 22
Period datesJune 6 to July 3, 2021July 4 to July 31, 2021August 1 to August 28, 2021August 29 to September 25, 2021September 26 to October 23, 2021October 24 to November 20, 2021
Baseline periodMarch 14 to April 10, 2021

Subsidy amount should the employer be eligible

PeriodPeriod 17Period 18Period 19Period 20Period 21Period 22
Period DatesJune 6 – July 3July 4 – July 31August 1 – August 28August 29 – September 25September 26 – October 23October 24 – November 20
Hiring subsidy rate50%50%50%40%30%20%

Applications for the CRHP will open once Bill C-30 receives Royal Assent and must be made no later than 180 days after the end of the qualifying period.

For more information regarding the CRHP please contact our office at 780-532-4641 or visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2021/06/helping-hard-hit-businesses-hire-more-workers-with-the-canada-recovery-hiring-program.html.

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