Canada’s “lifesaving” wage and rent subsidies are gone. Here’s why non-profits and charities are worried.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) were replaced in October with programs that sector leaders say aren’t adequate.

Why It Matters

Non-profits and charities intent on supporting an equitable recovery don’t just need government handouts — they need financial stability.

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