COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • On April 10, 2020, the government of Québec announced a progr
  • am to support carriers so that they can provide essential air services to remote and isolated regions of Quebec until June 30, 2020.
  • Eligible carriers are Quebec-owned carriers offering scheduled commercial air services to isolated regions of Quebec and carriers licensed by the Canadian Transportation Agency to operate scheduled flights. Only a few air services are eligible, namely those whose final destination is an isolated region. The following expenses are eligible for financial assistance: operating costs, administrative costs, aircraft cleaning and disinfection costs, costs related to measures put in place to screen passengers for COVID-19.

For more information, see the Government of Québec’s website (in French only).[247]

Programme actions concertées pour le maintien en emploi (PACME)

The reimbursement of salaries may reach the following thresholds:

  • 25% of the payroll of workers in training (maximum eligible wage of $25 per hour), if the company receives the 75% emergency wage subsidy from Canada (see above for more details);
  • 90% of the payroll of workers in training, if the firm receives the temporary 10% wage subsidy from Canada (see above for more details);100% of the wages of the workers in training, if the firm does not receive the federal wage subsidy.
  • Reimbursement of up to 100% of training expenses, related costs and costs related to human resources management activities, according to applicable scales (e.g. professional fees).
  • The businesses’ projects are accepted until September 30, 2020, or until the $100 million budget is used.
  • On May 15, 2020, the government announced an increase of $50 million[248] to the PACME’s budget.
  • For more information on PACME program, see this blog post (French version here) of April 7,2020 from the McCarthy Tétrault labour and employment group.[249][250]

Le Panier Bleu

  • On April 5, 2020, the Government of Québec announced a new initiative to stimulate the sales of Québec’s businesses named Le Panier Bleu. Le Panier Bleu is intended to be a directory of local merchants throughout the province who, during the crisis, are maintaining their sales activities. A search engine will be added to allow consumers to locate products sold and simplify local purchasing.
  • For more information, see Le Panier Bleu’s website (in French only). [251]

Tax flexibility measures for businesses

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