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FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR BUSINESSES

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We know that these unprecedented times have produced financial challenges for entrepreneurs and businesses. We’re here to support our many local business and commercial members through unexpected COVID-19-related difficulties. 

Financial relief measures for businesses 


The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
CEBA is a Government of Canada loan program which was available for application until June 30, 2021, to qualifying small- and medium-sized businesses being negatively impacted financially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualifying businesses could receive up to $60,000 and a portion of this loan is eligible for complete forgiveness and requires no minimum monthly payments until December 31, 2022. If you have a CEBA application that is still in process, refer to the FAQs for information on repaying your loan or visit the federal government's CEBA website for more information on the program.


Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) for Small and Medium Enterprises
To support the operations of our members with small- and medium-sized enterprises that are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, we have partnered with Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to extend cash flow term loans used to finance short-term operational costs. Canadian businesses in all sectors that were otherwise financially viable and revenue generating prior to the COVID-19 outbreak are eligible to apply. To determine if this program is right for your business, please contact your Business Advisor directly or contact us at 1-888-597-6083 to speak to one of our financial experts.   


Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium Enterprises
To provide additional liquidity support for our members with small- and medium-sized enterprises, we will partner with Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) to co-lend term loans for operational cash flow requirements. Similar to the EDC program, Canadian businesses in all sectors that were otherwise financially viable and revenue generating prior to the COVID-19 outbreak are eligible to apply. To determine if this program is right for your business, please contact your Business Advisor directly or contact us at 1-888-597-6083 to speak to one of our financial experts.   

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) 
Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs. These loans are for small- to medium-sized businesses that have seen their revenues decrease by 50% or more as a result of COVID-19.

To determine if this program is right for your business, please visit the BDC website to review program details, eligibility requirements and Frequently Asked Questions. If you have working capital needs for your business, contact your Business Advisor directly or contact us at 1-888-597-6083 to speak to one of our financial experts.   

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) is a Government of Canada wage subsidy program for employers adversely impacted by COVID-19, enabling the re-hire of workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19 and prevent further job losses. As a Canadian employer, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020 to August 29, 2020. To learn more and apply to receive the CEWS, please visit the CRA website


Additional support
We understand not all businesses meet the qualification requirements of the financial relief measures provided by the Government of Canada outlined above. However, we also understand just how great the need is to support our member businesses who are suffering adverse economic effects as a result of COVID-19.  

We’re available to review and address your business’ unique financial situation on a case-by-case basis to see what financial relief options might be available to you. Whether it be flexible loan payment options, payment reductions, interest only payments or deferrals, or in some cases additional liquidity, our team will provide customized advice and solutions to meet your short- and long-term needs that make sense for your business and industry.   

Please contact your Business Advisor directly or contact us at 1-888-597-6083 to speak to one of our financial experts. 



Visit our FAQs for more information on current financial relief measures, as well as other frequently asked questions.

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