Ottawa, Ontario (April 9, 2020)

Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, issued the following statement:

“Supporting small and medium-sized businesses during this unprecedented time of crisis is an integral part of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Economic Plan.

“These businesses are the backbone of our economy—they give our communities their character, and provide good jobs that support families across the country.

“In addition to our government’s direct support measures, we have heard from many Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs that they need help with cash flow and paying their operating costs, such as rent and utilities.

“Starting today, small business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through their banks and credit unions. Businesses should access the Canada Emergency Business Account through their primary lender, where they have a pre-existing relationship. Businesses that are impacted can contact them by phone or email to find out about their application process.

“Eligible small business and non-profit organizations can get interest-free loans of up to $40,000. If the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022, 25% of it will be forgiven, up to $10,000. These loans are fully funded by the Government of Canada.

“This initiative is being delivered as part of the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), which is providing a total of $65 billion through banks and credit unions in the form of loans to small and medium-sized businesses. By working closely with Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada, these financial institutions will offer loans that fill gaps in market access and leverage additional lending by private sector institutions.

“We strongly encourage businesses affected by COVID-19 to contact their primary lender, whether a bank or credit union, to discuss how they can benefit from the Canada Emergency Business Account. Loans will be made available through banks of all sizes as well as credit unions.

“The government will continue to do whatever it takes to support businesses, all Canadians, and the economy, so that we are strong and ready to succeed in the recovery that will come.”

 

 

安大略渥太华,2020年4月9日

4月9日,财政部长莫尔诺(Bill Morneau)及小企业、出口促进及国际贸易部长伍凤仪(Mary Ng)发布以下声明:

“值此前所未有的危机时期,为中小企业提供支持是《加拿大COVID-19紧急经济计划》的组成部分之一。

“中小企业是我们经济的支柱——它们让我们的社区具有自己的特色,并为全国各地的民众家庭提供了优质的就业。

“除了加拿大政府的直接支持措施外,我们还从许多加拿大企业和创业家们那里获悉,他们需要现金流和支付运营成本方面的帮助,例如支付租金和水电费。

“从今天开始,小企业主可以通过其银行和信用社向‘加拿大紧急商业款项Canada Emergency Business Account’申请支持。企业应该通过他们的主要贷款机构申请‘加拿大紧急商业款项’,主要贷款方与企业之间已有现存的联系。受影响的企业可以通过电话或电子邮件与他们联系,以了解他们的申请流程。

“符合申请资格的小型企业和非营利组织可以获得最高为40,000加元的无息贷款。如果在2022年12月31日之前偿还贷款,则可免偿还其中25%的贷款,即最高可达10,000元。这笔贷款全数由加拿大政府提供。

“这项新措施是作为商业信贷利用计划(BCAP)的一部分进行实施,该计划通过向银行和信用社发放贷款的方式,向中小型企业提供总计650亿元的支持。这些金融机构通过与加拿大出口发展局(EDC)和加拿大商业发展银行(BDC)密切合作,提供填补市场准入缺口的贷款,并利用来自私营业界机构的额外贷款。

“我们强烈鼓励受COVID-19影响的企业联系其主要贷款机构,无论是银行还是信用社,讨论如何从‘加拿大紧急商业款项’中受益。这笔贷款可以从各种规模的银行以及信用合作社那里得到。

“政府将继续竭尽全力支持工商业、所有加拿大人民以及我们的经济,以便我们在复苏到来之时保持强势并为争取成功做好准备。”

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