The EWSS provides a subsidy to qualifying employers to offset payroll costs, and is available to businesses that are experiencing a reduction in turnover due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the Government announcement on June 1, 2021 as part of the Economic Recovery Plan, the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme will be extended until the end of the 2021 and businesses may apply for enhanced reopening payments.
Current enhanced payment rates will be maintained for Quarter 3 (July, August, September) at current turnover thresholds. In order to benefit more firms, the time period for assessment will be broadened from the current 6 month period of assessment to a full 12 month period.
The question of an employer contribution to employee wages under the scheme will be considered for the remainder of 2021 alongside the issue of the appropriate calibration of rates of subsidy for that quarter.
The scheme is intended to be in addition to the supports provided to employers under the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) .
Please refer to the EWSS operating guidelines and FAQ below for full details on eligibility criteria and the operation of the scheme.
Download the FAQs for the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (updated March 2021) [PDF 217kb]
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