The following email was sent by Kelley Blanchette, Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development, Indigenous Services Canada as a clarification on the Emergency Wage Subsidy:
Good afternoon, Chiefs
I am writing to follow up on the concerns some of you have raised with respect to the eligibility of First Nations governments and their businesses for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) to respond to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal government has extended the eligibility for the CEWS to Indigenous government-owned corporations that are carrying on a business as well as partnerships where the partners are indigenous governments and other eligible employers. These entities will be eligible for the CEWS, provided that the other eligibility criteria for the subsidy are met. This extension will be retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Please note that taxable Indigenous-government-owned corporations, which would include taxable corporations where an Indigenous government holds a less-than-90-percent interest, are already eligible for the CEWS, provided that the other eligibility criteria for the subsidy are met.
I hope that this email brings clarity to the issue. Further details of the measure are available in today’s News Release and Backgrounder. You may also wish to consult the Government of Canada’s CEWS website.
Kelley Blanchette, Ph.D.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development
Sous-ministre adjointe, Terres et développement économique
Indigenous Services Canada/ Services aux Autochtones Canada