The 2021 Federal Budget introduced the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) to provide support to eligible employers that continue to experience decreases in revenue because of the pandemic. The CRHP is designed to offset a portion of the extra costs employers take on as they reopen, encouraging business owners to increase wages and hours of operation and to ultimately bring back furloughed or laid-off employees and hire new staff.

With the added support, employers are encouraged to hire at their own pace, as different regions reopen at different times across the country, serving the overall goal to make it as easy as possible for businesses to hire workers as the economy reopens. The program provides eligible employers a subsidy of up to 50% of incremental remuneration paid to eligible active employees between June 6, 2021, and November 20, 2021.

As the rates for both the Wage Subsidy and the Hiring Program will slowly ramp down over time, employers will have a strong incentive to begin hiring as soon as possible and maximize their benefit.

The program will be available through the Canada Revenue Agency, just like the Wage Subsidy and Rent Subsidy.


There are eligibility criteria for employers and employees, as well as a business' revenues. It should be noted that a business can apply for the CEWS or the CRHP, but not both.


Generally speaking, if you are an entity that is eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) you would be eligible for the CRHP.

An eligible employer must be Canadian-controlled private corporations (including a cooperative corporation that is eligible for the small business deduction), and can also include individuals, non‑profit organizations, registered charities, and certain partnerships. Eligible employers, or their payroll service provider, would be required to have had a payroll account open with the Canada Revenue Agency on March 15, 2020.

Corporations and trusts that are ineligible for the CEWS because they are public institutions would also not be eligible for the CRHP. Public institutions generally include municipalities and local governments, Crown corporations, wholly-owned municipal corporations, public universities, colleges, schools, and hospitals.


An eligible employee must be actively employed by an eligible employer throughout a qualifying period (or the portion of the qualifying period throughout which the individual was employed by the eligible employer) and primarily employed in Canada.

The CRHP would not be available for furloughed employees, meaning those who are on leave with pay but do not perform any work for the employer. An employee would not be considered to be on leave with pay for the purposes of the CRHP if they are on a period of paid absence such as vacation leave, sick leave, or sabbatical.

Eligible Remuneration Threshold

To be eligible for the CRHP a business must experience a revenue decline. This would need to be the following:

  • More than 0% for the period between June 6, 2021 and July 3, 2021
  • More than 10% for the periods between July 4, 2021 and November 20, 2021

A decline in revenues is determined in the same manner as the CEWS – comparing revenues from the current calendar month with those in the same month pre-pandemic, or by using the alternate approach and comparing revenues to the average of January and February 2020 revenues.

*Whichever approach was used by an Employer for CEWS would continue to apply to their CRHP application

Similar to the CEWS, eligible remuneration for the CRHP would include salary, wages, and other remuneration for which employers are required to withhold or deduct amounts on account of the employee's income tax obligations.

Severance pay, stock option benefits, or benefits arising from the personal use of a corporate vehicle are not eligible remuneration.

The amount of remuneration for employees would be based solely on remuneration paid during the qualifying period.

The CRHP subsidy is calculated as A x (B – C), where:

  • A is the subsidy rate for the qualifying period
  • B is the total current period eligible remuneration (a maximum of $1,129/week)
  • C is the total base period eligible remuneration*

**The baseline period is March 14 to April 10, 2021

Table 1: Reference Periods & Filing Deadlines

CRHP Period 

Qualifying Weeks 

Current Reference Period 

Prior Reference Period 

Filing Deadline 




General Approach 

Alternative Approach 


Period 17 

June 6 - July 3, 2021 

May OR June 2021 

June 2021 over June 2019 OR May 2021 over May 2019 

June 2021 or May 2021 OVER average of Jan and Feb 2020

Dec 30, 2021 

Period 18 

July 4 - July 31, 2021 

June OR July 2021 

July 2021 over July 2019 OR June 2021 over June 2019 

July 2021 or June 2021 OVER average of Jan and Feb 2020

Jan 27, 2022 

Period 19 

Aug 1 - Aug 28, 2021 

July OR Aug 2021 

Aug 2021 over Aug 2019 OR July 2021 over July 2019 

Aug 2021 or July 2021 OVER average of Jan and Feb 2020

Feb 24, 2022 

Period 20 

Aug 29 - Sept 25, 2021 

Aug OR Sept 2021 

Sept 2021 over Sept 2019 OR Aug 2021 over Aug 2019 

Sept 2021 or Aug 2021 OVER average of Jan and Feb 2020

Mar 24, 2022 

Period 21 

Sept 26 - Oct 23, 2021 

Oct OR Sept 2021 

Oct 2021 over Oct 2019 OR Sept 2021 over Sept 2019

Oct 2021 or Sept 2021 OVER average of Jan and Feb 2020

Apr 21, 2022 

Period 22 

Oct 24 - Nov 20, 2021

Nov OR Oct 2021 

Nov 2021 over Nov 2019 OR Oct 2021 over Oct 2019

Nov 2021 or Oct 2021 OVER average of Jan and Feb 2020 

May 19, 2022 

Table 2: CRHP Calculations for Periods 17 to 22

Qualifying Period 

Period 17 

Period 18 

Period 19 

Period 20 

Period 21 

Period 22 

Subsidy Rate 







Required Revenue Decline (Same as CEWS) 

More than 0% 

More than 10% 

More than 10% 

More than 10% 

More than 10% 

More than 10% 

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