Canada Emergency Business Accounts (CEBA)

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This page was last updated on September 17, 2020.

The Canada Emergency Business Account provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.  Borrowers will receive a credit in the amount of $10,000 if they repay the loan in full on or before December 31, 2022.  If the loan is not repaid in full on or before December 31, 2022, it may be extended to December 31, 2025 but interest will then be charged at a rate of 5%.

To qualify for the CEBA, the borrower must:

  • Be a Canadian business in operation as of March 1, 2020;
  • Have a business number with CRA;
  • Have an active business chequing/operating account with its primary financial institution that was opened on or prior to March 1, 2020 and not be in arrears on its existing borrowing facilities by 90 days or more as at March 1, 2020; and,
  • Intend to continue to operate its business; and,
  • Agree to participate in post-funding surveys conducted by the Government of Canada or any of its agents.

To qualify, an organization must also confirm that:

  • It is not a government organization, government body or an entity owned by a government organization or body;
  • It is not a non-profit organization, registered charity, union, or a fraternal benefit society or order, or an entity owned by such an organization, unless the entity is actively carrying on a business in Canada (including a related business in the case of a registered charity) that earns revenue from the regular supply of property/goods or services;
  • It is not an entity owned by any Federal Member of Parliament or Senator; and,
  • It does not promote violence, incent hatred or discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, region, education, age, or mental or physical disability.

Loan proceeds must be used to pay non-deferrable operating expenses of the business such as rent, utilities, payroll, insurance, regularly scheduled debt payments, and property taxes.  Funds may not be used for refinancing existing debt, paying dividends, or increases to management compensation.

CEBA applications will close on October 31, 2020.

Organizations may qualify for the CEBA under two different streams: the payroll stream and the non-deferrable expense stream.

Payroll stream

To qualify under the payroll stream, organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019 by providing the total employment income reported on their 2019 T4 Summary. This program is now available and interested businesses should be able to apply for the CEBA through their current financial institution’s website.

Non-deferrable expense stream

To qualify under the non-deferrable expense stream, businesses must have filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have a business number. They will also need to demonstrate they had between $40,000 and $1.5 million in non-deferrable expenses by uploading receipts, invoices or agreements to support the amount of these expenses. Eligible non-deferrable expenses must be incurred between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 and include:

  • Wages and other employment expenses to independent (arm’s length parties);
  • Rent or lease payments for real estate;
  • Insurance;
  • Property taxes;
  • Utilities;
  • Regularly scheduled debt payments;
  • Payments under agreements with independent contractors; and,
  • Fees required to maintain licenses, authorizations or permissions necessary to conduct the borrower’s business.

Claims under various other programs will be considered as an adjustment to these non-deferrable expenses, including the CEWS, the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy, the CECRA, and other COVID-19 relief programs.

This program will be available soon and interested businesses will be able to apply through their current financial institution’s website.

More information here.