The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, is today announcing that the application deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is extended from August 31 to October 31, 2020.
The government is working closely with financial institutions to make the CEBA program available to those with qualifying payroll or non-deferrable expenses that have so far been unable to apply due to not operating from a business banking account.
Further details on these changes will be released in coming days, including a new business account opening process through which qualifying businesses will be able to apply.
The Deputy Prime Minister is also announcing that the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) is extended to June 2021. Through BCAP, the government is supporting the flow of additional credit that businesses need to maintain operations and keep employees on the payroll. Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will continue to work with lenders to support access to capital for Canadian businesses of all sizes in all sectors and regions.
CEBA and BCAP are both part of the Government of Canadas COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, which is helping Canadians and businesses deal with the economic impact of the ongoing pandemic. The measures under this plan are helping businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, keep their doors open, and bounce back as the economy gradually recovers.
Small businesses can count on the federal government to stand with them during this pandemic. By making CEBA loans available for an additional two months, we will help more small businesses get into a better position to weather the storm and get back on their feet. Extending BCAP will improve access to the capital needed by businesses to pay workers salaries and cover expenses and it will also serve as a bridge until we return to more normal borrowing conditions. The federal government is actively considering what further measures are needed as we continue with a safe reopening of the economy.
- The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance
For Canada to truly lead in a post-COVID world, supporting small businesses is critical. This is why our government continues to take bold and comprehensive action to do just that. By extending the Canada Emergency Business Account through to the end of October, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that small businesses will be able to access the liquidity they need to keep operating while times are still tough, so they will be able to rebuild on the road to economic recovery.
- The Honourable Mary Ng
Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
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