The CEWS was put in place for an initial 12-week period from March 15 to June 6, 2020, providing a 75-per-cent wage subsidy to eligible employers. On May 15, 2020 Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that the Government of Canada would extend the CEWS by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020. This announcement was part of a public consultation the government undertook to ensure the CEWS was best positioned to help get Canadians hired back quickly as provincial and territorial economies begin to reopen. The government announced on June 10, 2020 that the same eligibility criteria for the initial three 4-week periods (March 15 to June 6, 2020) would continue to apply for Period 4 (June 7 to July 4, 2020).

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