TORONTO, May 4, 2020 – Canada’s banks have partnered with the Government of Canada to expedite access to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for businesses affected by COVID‑19. A new service allows eligible businesses to register their business payroll accounts for direct deposit with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) directly through their bank business portals.

Employers should visit their bank’s online or mobile business portals for information on when and how to enroll for CRA direct deposit through their financial institution or, for those already registered for CRA’s My Business Account, update their direct deposit account information. The launch date of each financial institution’s CRA direct deposit services will vary. Businesses must first determine if they are eligible for the CEWS and apply directly with the CRA. Registration to direct deposit is only required once – if an employer is already registered with the CRA for this service, there is no need to do so again.

Starting this week, employers signed up for direct deposit with the CRA will be able to receive their emergency wage subsidy quickly and securely to a Canadian business operating account at a Canadian financial institution. Business payments made through direct deposit should begin to appear in employers’ accounts as of May 7 and can be verified by checking your online bank statement, or by logging into CRA’s My Business Account.

"Banks are working together with the federal government to get the emergency wage subsidy flowing to Canadian businesses faster, securely and more directly, rather than waiting on a physical cheque to arrive," said Neil Parmenter, President and CEO, Canadian Bankers Association. "Direct deposit is a reliable and consistent way for employers to receive the funds they need to stay strong and ready to get their people back to work when we emerge from these challenging times."

Employers can sign up for CRA direct deposit with their financial institutions even after applying for the CEWS. Businesses eligible for CEWS payment of $25 million or more, however, must receive their payment through the large value transfer system (LVTS), not through CRA direct deposit, and will need to apply here.

This initiative builds on the successful execution of a similar project that facilitated access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Nearly two million Canadians have enrolled through their financial institution for CRA direct deposit of CERB payments, which represents roughly 82% of all payments under this program.

For more information, visit the CRA’s webpages on direct deposit and COVID-19. Canadian businesses are also encouraged to visit their bank’s website:

BMO Financial Group

CIBC

HSBC Bank Canada

Laurentian Bank of Canada

National Bank of Canada

RBC

Scotiabank

TD Bank Group

About the Canadian Bankers Association

The Canadian Bankers Association is the voice of more than 60 domestic and foreign banks that help drive Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. The CBA advocates for public policies that contribute to a sound, thriving banking system to ensure Canadians can succeed in their financial goals. www.cba.ca.

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Canadian Bankers Association
Mathieu Labrèche
(416) 918-2777
mlabreche@cba.ca

Bank media contacts:

BMO Financial Group
Paul Gammal
(416) 867-3996
paul.gammal@bmo.com

CIBC
Tom Wallis
(416) 980-4048
tom.wallis@cibc.com

HSBC Bank of Canada
Pascal Dessureault
(416) 673-6997
pascal.dessureault@hsbc.ca

Laurentian Bank of Canada
Hélène Soulard
(514) 284-4500 ext. 40015
helene.soulard@blcgf.ca

National Bank of Canada
Claude Breton
(514) 394-8644
Claude.breton@nbc.ca

RBC
AJ Goodman
(647) 286-4032
aj.goodman@rbc.com

Scotiabank
Alan Sadeh
(437) 234-1137
alen.sadeh@scotiabank.com

TD Bank Group
Jillian Tanouye
(647) 261-6979
Jillian.tanouye@td.com