Government expands Canada Emergency Business Account (“CEBA”)

On December 4, 2020, the Government announced that businesses that are continuing to face financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 are able to apply for the second CEBA loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available to small businesses earlier in the year. 

Half of the additional financing, up to $10k, will be forgivable if the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022.

The expansion increases CEBA loans from the existing $40,000 to $60,000 for eligible businesses, of which a total of $20,000 will be forgiven if the balance of the loan is repaid on time.

The CEBA website published additional frequently asked questions, key items are summarized below:

  • If you have already repaid your original CEBA loan, you can still apply for the $20,000 expansion.
  • Once your financial institution begins to offer the $60,000 loan, you may no longer apply for the $40,000 loan. If applying for the expansion, you cannot apply for less than $20,000.
  • You must apply for the $20,000 expansion through the financial institution that provided you the original CEBA loan.
  • You will need to submit a new application for the $20,000 expansion.
  • All applicants have until March 31, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion.
  • The terms and conditions of the loan are as follows:
TermsIf repaid on or before December 31, 2022If outstanding after December 31, 2022
Interest rate0% per annum5% per annum
RepaymentsNo principal payment requiredInterest only until maturity
Maturity dateDecember 31, 2022December 31, 2025
Maximum debt forgiveness$20,000$0