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Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

What is the CERS?

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) provides rent and mortgage support to small businesses affected by COVID-19. The subsidy is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provides support directly to tenants.

Most recent update:

December 22, 2021, government temporarily expanded the CERS from December 19, 2021, to February 12, 2022, to:

  • Reduce the revenue reduction threshold requirement to 25 per cent or more
  • Include employers subject to capacity-limit restrictions of 50 per cent or more

December 17, 2021, Bill C-2 was passed, legislating CERS to target its support to only the most impacted businesses after Oct 23rd, 2021.

3 new streams which will run from Oct. 24th, 2021, to May 7th, 2022:

  1. Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
  2. Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program
  3. Lockdown Support Program

As more details are available, we’ll update our website with the most accurate, recent information.

See our timeline for all updates on rent relief.


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CERS Program Overview

How the program is administered: CERS is administered by the CRA on a period-by-period basis. Each CERS Claim Period is four weeks, and businesses can generally submit a claim the day after the period has ended. Here is a current schedule of CERS Claim Periods:

CERS Claim Periods
Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6 Period 7 Period 8 Period 9 Period 10 Period 11 Period 12 Period 13 Period 14
Sep 27 to Oct 24, 2020 Oct 25 to Nov 21, 2020 Nov 22 to Dec 19, 2020 Dec 20 to Jan 17, 2021 Jan 18 to Feb 13, 2021 Feb 14 to Mar 13, 2021 Mar 14 to Apr 10, 2021 Apr 11 to May 8, 2021 May 9 to Jun 5, 2021 Jun 6 to Jul 3, 2021 Jul 4 to Jul31, 2021 Aug 1 to Aug 28, 2021 Aug 29 to Sept 25, 2021 Sept 26 to Oct 23, 2021

Amount businesses can receive: The subsidy is available on a sliding scale (with a maximum amount of 65%) for businesses that can demonstrate a revenue loss from September 27, 2020, to July 3, 2021. An additional top-up of 25% (maximum possible subsidy of 90%) is available for businesses that temporarily shut down due to a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority. The maximum subsidy amount will begin to decline starting July 4, 2021, with the program due to end September 25, 2021.

Program duration: September 27, 2020, to October 23, 2021

How to apply: After using the CERS calculator, you must apply through one of the following CRA portals:

When to apply: Businesses need to apply for the rent subsidy after the month has passed. This means, for example, that applications for November support will not be available until December.

Application deadline: 180 days after the end of each claim period. Should CRA have delayed your application you may receive a 30-day extension to the 180 days.

Eligibility criteria: See the FAQ below for details.

How to calculate: See the FAQ below for details. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is CFIB advocating for small businesses on rent?

What we have achieved:

  • We pushed for the CECRA to be replaced by a program that would be simple and delivered directly to the tenants.
  • We are working with CRA to ensure they are aware of the issues that existed with the previous CECRA program.

What we're pushing for:

  • Pay 50% of rents retroactively for those who qualified for CECRA from April to September 2020 but did not get the support due to the landlord’s lack of participation.
  • Allow new businesses (who opened in 2020 or 2021) to access CERS, along with other COVID relief programs.
  • Make rent paid between non-arm's-length entities eligible for CERS.
  • Remove the requirement that rent be paid in full within 60 days of a business receiving CERS funds.
  • Sign our petition to fix the gaps in COVID relief.

Read more about our recommendations to address the gaps in CERS in our letters to government sent December 2020 and February 2021.

What you can do to help:

  • We’ve pushed the government to make some progress, but we're still fighting for better relief measures. Add your voice today.


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