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With the CEBA Repayment Deadline Fast Approaching, Business Owners Need to Act Now

With the CEBA Repayment Deadline Fast Approaching, Business Owners Need to Act Now
December 14, 2023

As the clock ticks down to the looming January 18 deadline, businesses are facing the daunting task of repaying their Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loans. These loans, designed to aid qualifying small businesses and non-profit organizations in covering operational costs during the pandemic, have become a focal point of financial planning for many entrepreneurs across the country.

The Deadline Dilemma

Originally set for the end of December, the federal government extended the repayment deadline to January 18, 2024. Despite concerted efforts by numerous businesses, industries, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to secure an extension, the government has held firm on this date. It's an important moment for loan holders, and understanding the implications of repayment is crucial.

Refinancing Options

Amid the urgency, the federal government introduced a refinancing option. Loans captured by this extension will convert to three-year term loans with a five percent interest per annum. Additionally, the term loan repayment date is extended by an extra year, from December 31, 2025, to December 31, 2026. The permitted loan amount is up to $60,000, offering businesses some flexibility in managing their financial obligations.

Partial Forgiveness Dynamics

For businesses eyeing the partial loan forgiveness of up to 33 percent, the stakes are high. The government stipulates that to qualify for this forgiveness, the repayment deadline for CEBA loans is January 18. Using a hypothetical scenario, if a small business took a $60,000 loan, repaying $40,000 before the deadline is a requirement for unlocking the forgivable portion of the loan ($20,000).

Refinancing Lifeline

Recognizing the challenges faced by businesses, the government allows for a refinancing application option. Loan holders can submit their application to the financial institution that provided the initial loan by the January 18 deadline. This strategic move grants an extension until March 28, providing a temporary lifeline for businesses striving to meet the criteria for partial forgiveness.

Alternative Refinancing

In the face of these challenges, we’ve introduced a viable alternative for your financing needs. At Driven, we believe in the power of partnership. Our team is committed to working with you, understanding the needs of your business, and helping you navigate your way through the complexities of CEBA loan refinancing. 

We offer personalized guidance based on real stories and experiences of other businesses that we've helped, ensuring you get the best possible solution. Reach out to us today, and let's get started on crafting your personalized refinancing solution.

The Bottom Line

As the CEBA repayment deadline approaches, business owners find themselves at a financial crossroads. Understanding the intricacies of the refinancing option, partial forgiveness conditions, and the available extensions is vital for making informed decisions. Navigating this complex landscape requires a proactive approach, ensuring businesses not only meet their financial obligations but also maximize the benefits offered by the government's refinancing program. Don’t forget - you have a partner in Driven, ready to support you through every step of the process. 

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