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Drought Relief Measures for Livestock Producers (Updated September 14, 2021)

With severe drought conditions providing a significant challenge to livestock producers in 2021, there are some important assistance measures available that all Alberta producers should be aware of. The following are two of the most important and widely accessible benefits available, including a new program recently introduced for 2021.

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The Canada Greener Homes Grant – How you can Access up to $5,600 for Home Energy Efficiency Retrofitting

In May 2021 the Federal Government announced the new Canada Greener Homes Grant intended to provide grants of up to $5,600 for Canadian homeowners to cover the cost of certain retrofitting improvements aimed at improving the energy efficiency of their home.

The program does not provide funding up-front, but instead requires eligible applicants to cover costs out-of-pocket, which may be eligible for reimbursement of all or a portion of the costs incurred. Before applying for this new grant, here are a few important points to know about how this new program works:

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The Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) – Details of Canada’s Newest COVID Wage Subsidy Program

With the release of the 2021 Federal Budget on April 19, 2021, the government announced an additional means for employers to receive government assistance covering a portion of their employee wages. This program allows eligible employers to claim a subsidy of up to 50 per cent of incremental remuneration paid to eligible active employees between June 6, 2021, and November 20, 2021. With several provincial governments having significantly eased public health restrictions, many businesses are starting to reopen or gradually return to normal operating levels, and the CRHP subsidy could provide a significant benefit for those businesses that have re-hired, or otherwise began to increase their payroll over and above pandemic payroll levels. The following are some of the key details to know about this new important new subsidy.

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Guide to The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for Employers (Updated July 27, 2021)

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for employers was implemented by the passing of Bill C-14 on April 11, 2020, and expanded with the passing of Bill C-20 on July 27, 2020. The subsidy is widely accessible to employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy, with the exception of public sector entities. It is intended to support businesses that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and would help protect the jobs Canadians depend on during these difficult times.

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Guide to the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) - Updated May 28, 2021

With the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program which covered the period of April to September 2020 now closed, the federal government introduced a replacement wage subsidy program on November 2, 2020 called the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS).

This program is intended to provide continued support to business to cover their commercial rental costs and other similar costs for the period of September 27, 2020 to September 2021 (exact end date is not yet known).

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Guide to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Loan for Businesses (Updated May 11, 2021)

This program which will be implemented by eligible financial institutions will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to eligible small businesses, which must be used to cover their non-deferrable expenses (see list of non-deferrable expenses below).

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