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Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) 

What is the CRHP?

The Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) is a hiring subsidy which will support employers with a subsidy of up to 50% on incremental remuneration paid to eligible working employees (I.e., the portion of remuneration exceeding the remuneration of the baseline period). It will be offered from June 6, 2021, to November 20, 2021, to qualifying employers who have seen a drop in revenue due to COVID-19. During the periods where applicants are eligible for the CEWS, they will have the choice of benefiting from either the CRHP or the CEWS with a declining rate.

Most recent update:

June 29, 2021, Government passed Bill C-30 to fund the Canada Recovery Hiring Program. Try the new CRHP calculator today to see if you could benefit from the program. Don’t leave money on the table!

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CRHP Program Overview

How the program is administered: CRHP is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on a period-by-period basis, with each period spanning 4 weeks (this is referred to as a CRHP Claim Period). Below is a schedule of CRHP Claim Periods, but please keep in mind that this program will overlap with the declining CEWS. Applicants will be able to select the more beneficial between the two programs:

Period 17* Period 18 Period 19 Period 20 Period 21 Period 22
Jun 6 to Jul 3, 2021 Jul 4 to Jul 31, 2021 Aug 1 to Aug 28, 2021 Aug 29 to Sept 25, 2021 Sep 26 to Oct 23, 2021 Oct 24 to Nov 20, 2021

* The CRHP corresponds to the CEWS periods, which is why it starts at period 17 and not at 1.

Amount businesses can receive: 50% (declining to 20% by the final period) multiplied by incremental payroll of active employee wages (not including furloughed employees) in comparison to the active employees’ wages between March 14 and April 10, 2021 (from CEWS period 14). There is no maximum dollar amount a business can receive from the program; however, there is a limit on the amount of subsidy you can receive for a single employee’s weekly wages.

Program duration: June 6, 2021, to November 20, 2021

How to apply: Applications are open through CRA’s My Business Account, Represent a Client, or the web application form.

Application deadline: 180 days after the end of the claim period.

Eligibility criteria: Nearly all businesses are eligible for the hiring subsidy. To be eligible, your business must:

  1. Have a CRA Business Number issued before March 15 or a third-party payroll provider who submits your payroll to CRA;
  2. Have active employees on payroll who receive a T4 slip (includes new hires); and
  3. Have a revenue loss of more than:
    • 0% for CRHP period 17 (between June 6 and July 3, 2021).
    • 10% for CRHP period 18 (July 4 – July 31) and any following CRHP period.

Please see the eligibility requirements below for more details.

How to calculate: Each claim period you apply for has its own calculation. Please see the eligibility requirements below for more details. For a quick estimate of your CRHP you will need to determine your active employee payroll for the current period (current period remuneration) and subtract the active employee payroll paid between March 14 and April 10 (Base period remuneration). Then multiply the result by the CRHP subsidy rate for the claim period to determine the maximum CRHP amount ($) that your business is eligible for.

(Current period remuneration – Base period remuneration) (CRHP subsidy rate) = CRHP ($)

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CRHP Eligibility Requirements

Determine if your business meets all four of the following criteria:

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CFIB advocating for on CRHP?

What we have achieved:

  • CFIB recommended in all its pre-budget meetings to introduce significant hiring incentives to help reunite employees and employers, as well as offset the cost of CPP/QPP increases.

What we're pushing for:

  • For government to extend the federal support programs (CEWS & CERS) at current subsidy rate levels past July 3, 2021
  • Include new firms and others who did not have a CRA Business Number before March 15, 2020

How you can 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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