Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until October 23, 2021.
This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords.
To be eligible to receive the rent subsidy, you must meet all four of the following criteria: – you:
1. Meet at least one of these conditions:
a. You had a CRA business number on September 27, 2020
b. You had a payroll account on March 15, 2020, or another person or partnership made payroll remittances on your behalf
c. You purchased the business assets of another person or partnership who meets either condition a or b, and have made an election under the special asset acquisition rules
These special asset acquisition rules are the same for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).
d. You meet other prescribed conditions that might be introduced
2. Are an eligible business, charity, or non-profit (eligible entity)
Note: If your business, registered charity, or non-profit is related to another eligible entity, you may be considered to be part of an “affiliated group”. This may affect your calculations for the subsidy.
3. Experienced a drop in revenue
Your drop in revenue is calculated by comparing your eligible revenue during the reference period with your eligible revenue from a previous period (baseline revenue). It is used to calculate how much subsidy you receive for the claim period.
4. Have eligible expenses
To apply for CERS, you must have a qualifying property. Only certain expenses you pay for qualifying properties are eligible for CERS.
Use our calculator to find out how much your CRHP or CEWS amount may be.
Deadline DateNovember 4, 2021: Last day to apply for claim period 8
Contact Name: Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Phone Number: 1-800-959-5525