Wage Assistance Scheme (WAS)

Extension for month of October 2021

The GWAS is a financial assistance provided by the Government of Mauritius to Employers as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that all employees are duly paid their salary for the month of October 2021.

An employer benefiting from GWAS is required to provide an undertaking not to lay off any employee up to 31 March 2022 failing which the Government may claim back the GWAS paid.

A. Tourism Sector

The financial assistance is provided to operators in the tourism industry in the Island of Mauritius and Rodrigues for the month of October 2021

The scheme is applicable to businesses which have the necessary licence/permit from the relevant authorities:

  1. Hotels, guest houses, tourist residences and domaines;
  2. Tourist enterprises except restaurants, pubs and tables d'hotes;
  3. Pleasure crafts engaged in commercial nautical activities;
  4. Travel agencies, tour operators, tourist guides or canvassers;
  5. National airline, including Air Mauritius Limited and Airmate Ltd;
  6. Businesses deriving at least 50% of their income from goods sold or services provided to persons engaged in tourism activities as listed at (a)(1) to (5) above.*
  7. Handicraft businesses having employees
  8. Companies dealing in baggage handling at the airport
  9. Companies dealing with cargo handling at the airport
  10. Airport lounge
  11. Baggage wrapping business at the airport
  12. Businesses recruiting students to be placed on internships in hotels
  13. A holder of Public Service Vehicle Licence (Contract Bus) for the conveyance of Tourists
  14. An MQA and IATA registered training institution providing courses on aviation and related fields if its intake for the current cohort has been reduced by more than 50% as compared to the corresponding intake in the previous cohort;
  15. The Tax Tourist Refund Counter operated by the MCCI at the airport;
  16. Restaurants, pubs, tables d'hotes holding a tourist enterprise licence.**
  17. Contract car businesses or contract bus businesses, event management companies, and**
  18. Attractions, amusement parks, natural sites and museums.**
  19. Foreign exchange dealers or money-changers;**
  20. Shops under the Deferred Duty and Tax Scheme;**
  21. Tourist shops operating in the premises of a hotel or a shop, outside a hotel, selling products mainly to tourists.**

* A self employed engaged in activities falling under item (6) above is entitled to GWAS only.

** Items(16) to (21) are applicable to businesses whose turnover has fallen by more than 40% in October 2021 as compared to the corresponding turnover in October 2019. However, this condition does not apply to an enterprise which has been set up on or after 01 July 2019.

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B. Sectors other than the Tourism Sector

Financial assistance for a full month will be provided under GWAS to those carrying out the following activities which were opened in July 2021 subject to sanitary conditions and who were not allowed to operate during the month of October 2021:

  1. Fitness centres and Professional Sports;
  2. Horse racing bookmakers (outlets), casinos and gaming houses;
  3. Leisure parks, amusement centres, including aquariums;
  4. Multi-purpose halls, including wedding halls, theatres and cinema halls;
  5. Nighclubs licensed by the Tourism Authority.
  6. Bars whose turnover for the accounting year ended in the year 2020 did not exceed Rs 50 million.
  7. Religious body activities;
  8. Canteen of a private international school (excluding public and private grant-aided secondary school).
  9. Training institutions registered under the Mauritius Qualifications Authority Act;
  10. Auctioneers appointed under the Sales by Auction Act;
  11. Restaurants, fast food, cafe, caterers and other prepared food selling businesses whose turnover for the accounting year ended in the year 2020 did not exceed Rs 50 million;
  12. Fee charging creches, pre-primary schools, primary schools, secondary schools and registered universities which started operations prior to March 2021 and whose turnover in October 2021 have fallen by more than 40% as compared to the corresponding turnover in October 2019.
  13. Bus operators
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The Eligible Employers under sectors A and B will benefit financial assistance from the Government as per the table below:
For every employee with basic salary in October 2021 Basis Assistance per employee(Rs)
From 9,700 to Rs 25,375 One month wages From Rs 9,700 to Rs 25,375
From Rs 25,375 to Rs 50,375 Fixed Amount Rs 25,375
Above Rs 50,375 Nil Nil

Eligible employers who are not able to submit an application are requested to send an email on gwas@mra.mu

The Wage Assistance Scheme covers both Mauritians and expatriate employees in full-time or part-time employment in Mauritius. However, Ministries and Government Departments, Local Authorities, Statutory Bodies and Government Owned Companies Employees of the public sector are excluded.

Employers are required to apply for GWAS electronically using the facilities available on the MRA website.

The quantum of assistance claimed should be based on the basic salary of the employees as normally declared by employers in their monthly CSG Returns.

In processing the applications under GWAS, the MRA will carry out internal checks to verify the correctness of claims. The verification will be based on previous Contribution returns filed by a business to ascertain the number of employees and their basic salaries. Thereafter, MRA will credit the approved amount to the employer's bank account used by him for payment of monthly contribution.

MRA will, after submission of the CSG return for the month of October 2021, further verify the amount claimed and make adjustments accordingly.

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