Minister Ng highlights Budget 2021 investments in small businesses and entrepreneurs

News release

April 29, 2021 – Edmonton, Alberta

Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is sustainable and inclusive of all Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, delivered remarks on Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience at an event held by the Calgary and Edmonton chambers of commerce.

The COVID-19 recession has disproportionately affected low-wage workers, young people, women and racialized Canadians. For businesses, it has been a two-speed recession, with some finding ways to pivot and succeed but many—especially small businesses—fighting to survive. Budget 2021 is a historic investment to address the specific wounds of the COVID-19 recession, put people first, create jobs, grow the middle class and set businesses on a track for long-term growth. Budget 2021 will ensure that Canada’s future will be healthier, more equitable, greener and more prosperous.

Minister Ng spoke about what the budget means for Alberta-based businesses and workers, focusing on the many measures proposed to bridge small businesses and entrepreneurs through the pandemic and help them come back stronger. Minister Ng highlighted that this is the most small business–friendly budget in Canadian history. From extending emergency measures like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to incentivizing rehiring in recovery through a new Canada Recovery Hiring Program, Budget 2021 includes significant investments to support businesses in getting online and hiring back workers, commits to decisive action on lowering credit card fees, and improves support for exporters.

Among the opportunities the budget proposes for Alberta are tax credits, R&D funding to support carbon capture, and $1 billion over five years to encourage investments in clean technology projects.

The Government of Canada’s top priority remains protecting Canadians’ health and safety, particularly given the more aggressive variants of the virus during this third wave of the pandemic. Vaccine rollout is under way across Canada, with federal government support in every province and territory.

Budget 2021 is a plan to bridge Canadians and Canadian businesses through the crisis and towards a robust recovery. It will support almost 500,000 new training and work opportunities, including 215,000 opportunities for youth; support businesses in our most affected sectors, such as tourism and arts and culture; and accelerate investment and digital transformation at small and medium-sized businesses. Budget 2021 is a plan that puts Canada on track to meet its commitment to create 1 million jobs by the end of the year.

Canada entered the pandemic in a strong fiscal position. This allowed the government to take quick, decisive and responsible action, supporting people and businesses, and put Canada where it needs to be for a successful and strong recovery. 

Quotes

“This is the time to lean in and build back a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable future. While providing Canadians with the support they need to get through the pandemic, we need to invest now to ensure businesses in Alberta and across Canada have a strong recovery and are competitive in the long term. Budget 2021 is the best thing we can do for our economy and our future.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Quick facts

  • Budget 2021 includes $101.4 billion over three years in proposed investments as part of the Government of Canada’s growth plan that will create good jobs and support a resilient and inclusive recovery. Key measures include:

    • Extending emergency supports to bridge Canadians and Canadian businesses through to recovery, including:
      • Extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support until September 25, 2021.
      • Introducing the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program for eligible employers that continue to experience qualifying declines in revenues relative to before the pandemic.
      • Extending the number of weeks for important income support for Canadians, such as the Canada Recovery Benefit and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit.
    • Supporting small and medium-sized businesses through transformative initiatives, such as:
      • Launching the new Canada Digital Adoption Program that will directly help over 160,000 businesses adopt new technology and get online. It will provide them with the advice they need to get the most of new technology with the help of nearly 28,000 young Canadians who will be trained to work with them.
      • Allowing Canadian small businesses to fully expense up to $1.5 million in capital investments in a broad range of assets, including digital technology and intellectual property. This represents an additional $2.2 billion investment in the growth of Canada’s entrepreneurs over the next five years.
      • Enhancing the Canada Small Business Financing Program:
        • Increasing annual financing of $560 million, supporting approximately 2,900 additional small businesses.
        • Amending the Canada Small Business Financing Act and its regulations by: 
          • Expanding loan class eligibility to include lending against intellectual property and start-up assets and expenses.
          • Increasing the maximum loan amount from $350,000 to $500,000 and extending the loan coverage period from 10 to 15 years for equipment and leasehold improvements.
          • Expanding borrower eligibility to include non-profit and charitable social enterprises.
          • Introducing a new line of credit product to help with liquidity and cover short-term working capital needs.
    • Supporting diverse entrepreneurs through additional investments to make our economy more inclusive, including:
      • An additional $51.7 million investment in the Black Entrepreneurship Program on top of previous investments of $93 million.
      • A further investment of $146.9 million in the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.
      • Investments for Indigenous entrepreneurs. This is part of the greater action our government is taking to make our economy more inclusive and bridge the gaps that racialized entrepreneurs have faced for too long.
    • Establishing a Canada-wide early learning and child care system, in partnership with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners, which will help all families access affordable, high-quality and flexible child care, no matter where they live, and no longer shoulder the burden of high child care costs. The budget proposes new investments totalling up to $30 billion over the next five years. Combined with previous investments, a minimum of $9.2 billion per year ongoing will be invested in child care, starting in 2025–26.

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Youmy Han
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Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
343-551-0246
youmy.han@international.gc.ca

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