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Canada - Proposed changes to COVID-19 business support measures: With the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) ending on October 23, 2021, the federal government announced proposed changes to COVID‑19 business support programs, which include: (i) extending the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022 and increasing the subsidy rate to 50% for all eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10%; (ii) establishing the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP), which would provide a wage and rent subsidy (similar to CEWS and CERS) to organizations in selected sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry (examples include hotels, tour operators, travel agencies and restaurants) from October 24, 2021 to May 7, 2022, at a subsidy rate of up to 75% until March 12, 2022 and 37.5% thereafter; (iii) introducing the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program (HBRP), which would provide a wage and rent subsidy (similar to CEWS and CERS) to businesses who continue to experience significant financial loss from October 24, 2021 to May 7, 2022, at a subsidy rate of up to 50% until March 12, 2022 and 25% thereafter; (iv) for both the THRP and HBRP, providing lockdown support at the current fixed rate of 25% if applicable; and (v) ensuring businesses that face temporary new local lockdowns from October 24, 2021 to May 7, 2022 will be eligible for a wage and rent subsidy (similar to the THRP) during the local lockdown. Additional details on the THRP, HBRP and other proposed changes to emergency business support programs, will be available in an upcoming Tax Insights.
Canada - Proposed changes to COVID-19 individual support measures: With the Canada Recovery Benefit ending on October 23, 2021, the federal government announced proposed changes to COVID-19 individual support programs, which include: (i) extending the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) and Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) until May 7, 2022 and increasing the maximum duration of these benefits by two weeks (to 44 weeks for CRCB and 6 weeks for CRSB); and (ii) establishing the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, which would provide $300 per week to eligible workers unable to work due to a local lockdown any time between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022.
Canada - Proof of vaccine for international travel: Canadians can obtain their COVID‑19 proof of vaccination from their province or territory, for purposes of international travel.
British Columbia - Proof of vaccination and capacity limits: Beginning October 24, 2021, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (changed from partially‑vaccinated or one dose) will be required for individuals born in 2009 and earlier to access certain events, services and businesses. Effective October 25, 2021, capacity limits will be revised to allow 100% capacity in settings where proof of vaccination is required for entry (indoor sporting events, concerts theatre, movie theatres, dance and symphony events, and indoor organized events), except where regional orders are in place.
Manitoba - State of emergency expired: The provincial state of emergency will no longer be extended and will expire on October 21, 2021.