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All personal services establishments must close today, March 21, 2020

In her press conference today, Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, has ordered all salons, spas, skincare facilities, nail care salons, massage services and any personal service establishments to close today.

The BeautyCouncil has been suggesting this guidance since March 19 to allow salons to prepare for an orderly shut down and to allow time to cancel appointments. We would like to thank all members who have already done so.

We will be providing more information as it becomes available. Be sure to check our website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram account for more information. We will also provide resources for financial aid, mental health, and way to prepare yourself for the return to normal. You may also call our main line, 604-871-0222 and press 3 for updated recorded information

Help from the government is here

Financial help is here for salons, spas, barber shops, freelancers, chair renters, and employees.

The BeautyCouncil has suggested to all beauty professionals that closing is the only option. Because of close contact between clients and providers, the chance of transmission of COVID-19 is likely. The good news is the government of Canada has announced financial relief.

Here are the highlights of the program (also officially available here).

  • Up to $900 every two weeks to support those who do not have paid sick leave who are sick, quarantined or forced to stay home to care for children
  • Provide income for Canadians who are not eligible for employment insurance yet facing a lack of work
  • Additional child benefit payment (CCB) of $300 per child
  • Up to $400 for individuals in the form of a GST credit (GSTC).
  • Together, the proposed enhancements of the GSTC and CCB will give a single parent with two children and low to modest income nearly $1,500 in additional short-term support.
  • A deferred tax filing deadline for individuals to June 1, 2020. The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020.
  • Canadian banks have agreed to work with you, on a case-by-case basis, to defer certain payments including mortgage payments, credit card bills, or other amounts due. You are urged to work directly with your bank to make arrangements.
  • Subsidy for employees. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of the remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer
  • The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020
  • The Canada Revenue Agency will not contact any small or medium (SME) businesses to initiate any post-assessment GST/HST or Income Tax audits for the next four weeks.

For more details, see the official Government of Canada link.


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