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IMPORTANT NOTICE

Attention: Wexford Heights BIA Business MembersIn light of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic crisis, it was the decision of the Wexford Heights BIA’s Board of Management to cancel this year`s Taste of Lawrence Festival. The event to resume in July 2021.
The health and safety of all concerned is the upmost importance to the Wexford Heights BIA as we all do our best to get through this crisis together.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 09:34

CEBA eligibility criteria expanded

Below is information on updates to the CEBA as shared by TABIA (Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas) that you may find helpful.

 

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses.

 

The program will now be available to a greater number of businesses that are sole proprietors receiving income directly from their businesses, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through dividends rather than payroll.

To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 would need:

  • a business operating account at a participating financial institution
  • a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
  • eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities, and insurance.

 

Expenses will be subject to verification and audit by the Government of Canada. Funding will be delivered in partnership with financial institutions. More details, including the launch date for applications under the new criteria, will follow in the days to come. The government will continue to work on solutions to help business owners and entrepreneurs who operate through their personal bank account, as opposed to a business account, or have yet to file a tax return, such as newly created businesses.

 

Support for Women Entrepreneurs

 

On Saturday, Minister Ng announced that the Government of Canada will provide $15 million in additional funding to support women entrepreneurs through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This money will go directly to select organizations that are currently WES Ecosystem Fund recipients and will help women entrepreneurs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Regards,

Linda Raeside