Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

Published: May 27, 2020


Introducing rent assistance for small businesses. The rent assistance will be provided through forgivable loans to property owners leasing property to eligible small businesses. In order to qualify for a forgivable loan in relation to the rent paid by an eligible small business, the property owners must have signed an agreement to lower the rent of a tenant small business by at least 75% and to not evict the tenant in April, May, or June of 2020. The loan will be forgiven if rents are in fact lowered by at least 75%. Eligible small businesses are those who:
  1. pay no more than $50,000 in monthly gross rent per location;
  2. generate no more than $20 million in annual gross revenues, calculated on a consolidated basis; and
  3. have temporarily ceased operations (i.e. generating no revenues) or have experienced at least a 70% decline compared to pre-COVID-19 revenues.
The loans will cover 50% of the gross rent owed by impacted small business tenants during the 3-month period of April, May and June 2020. Loans and loan forgiveness will be available retroactively, provided an application is made by 31 August 2020. Most provinces bear 25% of the cost of the program, up to a cap based on 25% of the initially estimated cost of the program; however, the cost of the program will not be shared in the territories or PEI.