Regional Relief and Recovery Fund – Community Futures Stream
<div class="mwsalerts section"><div class="alert alert-info mrgn-lft-lg mrgn-rght-lg"><div class="mrgn-bttm-md">Applications are no longer being accepted.</div><div>The repayment deadline to receive partial forgiveness under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) has been extended by one year, to December 31, 2023.</div></div></div>
This $2-billion Government of Canada fund is to support small and medium-sized businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses can apply for loans of up to $60,000 through RRRF.
As the financing terms of RRRF and Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) are similar, rural businesses can choose which program to apply for funding. Applicants can only apply to 1 of these federal programs.
- How the RRRF is being administered in British Columbia
- How to apply through the Community Futures Stream
- Eligibility requirements
- Eligible costs
- Repayment terms
How the RRRF is being administered in British Columbia
Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) is collaborating with Community Futures Pan West to deliver the Fund in British Columbia.
Community Futures (CF) offices are supporting rural businesses requesting $60,000 or less. These businesses should apply through their local Community Futures office if they are eligible.
If you are a rural business requesting more than $60,000 you should apply through PacifiCan.
How to apply through the Community Futures Stream
CF has 34 offices supporting rural businesses in British Columbia. Applicants from rural communities are asked to apply through the website of their local CF organization, or their provincial CF website.
- small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) located in non-metropolitan regions (all areas served by CF organizations) in British Columbia
- SMEs attesting they have not received duplicative supports through other federal or provincial government COVID-19 support programming such as the Canada Emergency Business Account.
- small business viable and not experiencing any liquidity or other financial difficulties as of March 1, 2020.
- small business that experienced a material adverse effect on business operations on or after March 1, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- business established before March 1, 2020
- sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, social enterprise, or other similar organization
- lease payments for existing equipment and machinery
- salaries and benefits (considered only for support if the business has not received support under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- property taxes
- bank charges and interest payments
- office supplies
- vehicle operating expenses
- professional fees
- monthly insurance payments
- rent (Applicants are expected to pursue with their landlord access to the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.)
- other fixed operating costs applicable to the applicant
- Maximum assistance will be $60,000.
- Interest is 0% and no principal payments are due until December 31, 2023 (extended for one year from December 31, 2022).
- Principal repayments can be voluntarily made at any time.
- If you repay the outstanding balance on or before December 31, 2023, the following percentage of the contribution will be forgiven:
- 25% on the first $40,000
- 50% on amounts above $40,000 and up to $60,000
- The forgivable portion is only available if the entire outstanding amount is repaid by December 31, 2023.
- If the Client is unable to repay the loan by December 31, 2023, the loan will be converted to a 2-year term loan with interest rates up to 5%, with payments starting on January 1, 2024, and ending on December 31, 2025.
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