Policy Point: Relief measures: comparing Covid-19 wage subsidy schemes

Policy Point
7 April, 2020

The Covid-19 outbreak will likely lead to a significant economic recession. The government's pandemic response has rightly prioritised maintaining employment and the ability of firms to recover quickly when the crisis abates.

To this end the Government was quick to implement a wage subsidy scheme but as the crisis has evolved, it is only right to ask whether this scheme remains fit for purpose. This report compares wage subsidy schemes in Canada and Australia with New Zealand’s

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