On Tuesday and Wednesday, the federal government announced an expansion of the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loan program and released more details on the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program.
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
- The loan program will be expanded for those:
- Who are sole owner-operators;
- That depend on contractors; and
- That are family businesses that pay employees by dividends rather than payroll.
- The loan program will be modified to become available to new businesses (those which have never filed a tax return) and businesses that do not have ‘business accounts’ at the bank, but operate through personal accounts.
- To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll less than $20,000 would need:
- A business operating account at a participating financial institution;
- A Canada Revenue Agency business number and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return; and
- Eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1,500,000. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities and insurance.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
- The CECRA page has been updated again to include additional information.
- Application portal opens May 25.
- Rent support for larger employers is being developed.
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