Canadian banks to hand out interest-free loans to small businesses

Reuters | Apr 9, 2020 at 7:12 PM

TORONTO, April 9 (Reuters) - Small and medium-sized businesses in Canada that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis were able to begin enrolling in a program to apply for interest-free loans of up to C$40,000 on Thursday, according to the Canadian Bankers' Association.

As part of a number of measures announced by the federal government, the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program enables qualifying small businesses to apply online through their current lenders for the loans, a quarter of which is forgivable if repaid by Dec. 31, 2022.

Scotiabank has so far approved the loans for 3,750 customers, over C$150 million, the bank said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday.