Rapid Update: Timeline for CEWS announced April 21, 2020 | COVID-19 GNCC News In his daily update, the Prime Minister announced more details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program. Applications will open on April 27. The government anticipates having processed 90% of applications by May 4. A calculator has been made available for businesses to assess what they will be eligible to receive. An application guide is available here.