Federal government launches searchable database of firms, groups that got wage subsidy

Ottawa should craft simple path for companies to pay back excess amounts: CFIB

After months of being pressed for details on which individuals, groups and companies received federal pandemic supports, the Liberal government has published a searchable registry of companies that have accessed the Canada emergency wage subsidy (CEWS).

The list on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website details all of the companies that have received the CEWS, or will soon receive it, but it does not detail how much each company or group received of the $83.5 billion the federal government estimates it has spent and will spend on the program this year.

“I think the government found the right balance of sharing the name of companies that have used the wage subsidy but haven’t given personal details or amounts,” Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), told CBC News.

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