Employer Health Tax

On March 25, 2020, the Ontario government announced relief measures to help support Ontario businesses when they need it most. These include increasing the Employer Health Tax exemption for 2020 from $490,000 to $1 million and a five‑month relief period for Ontario businesses who are unable to file or remit their provincial taxes on time due to the special circumstances caused by the coronavirus (COVID‑19) in Ontario.

Update – The government is proposing to further support private-sector employers by making the EHT exemption increase to $1  million permanent.

Note: This exemption is only available to employers (including any associated groups) with total remuneration under $5,000,000.