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Top Stories of the Week
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the federal government is “relaxing” criteria for the wage subsidy attempting to make it easier for companies to access.
Businesses interested in applying for the loans must go through their current financial institution.
The idea behind the program is to support Canadian companies impacted by COVID-19 that may not qualify for many of the existing federal government relief measures.
Survey finds 82 percent of tech CEOs plan to make layoffs after being left out of federal wage subsidy
“Without being eligible for the wage subsidy, layoffs will happen,” said one unidentified CEO that participated in the survey.
SR&ED provides support in the form of tax credits or refunds to corporations, partnerships, or individuals who conduct scientific research or experimental development in Canada.
Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs
Damon Motorcycles raises additional $3M (Read here)
District Ventures Capital secures additional $35M (Read here)
WorkJam raises $70.6M Series C (Read here)
Mejuri lays off 15% of staff (Read here)
Lighthouse Labs lays off 14 employees (Read here)
Borrowell lays off 20% of staff (Read here)
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Updated weekly, this list outlines the steps Canadian businesses are taking to help flatten the curve and support customers through new products, services, and free offerings.
“You can cross your fingers and hope that the government will help. But if they don’t, then what? I think you have to be prepared for ‘if they don’t, then what’?”
As the tech investor and entrepreneur told BetaKit, “hope is not a strategy.”
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