Business Loans

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

The future of your CEBA loan

You can get more details on repayment terms and forgiveness for your CEBA loan from the Government of Canada. Please note that the government is no longer accepting CEBA applications, or applications for remediating or reclassifying previous applications. 

Vital CEBA program details

Interest free until December 31, 2023

Your CEBA loan is interest free until December 31, 2023. After that, any remaining balance converts to a two-year term loan with 5% annual interest, due on December 31, 2025.

CEBA loan forgiveness

If you repay your CEBA loan (minus the forgiveness amount) before December 31, 2023, you may be eligible for up to 33% of the remaining balance to be forgiven. Other conditions may also apply.

What you need to know about your loan

Grace period All CEBA loans do not accrue interest until December 31, 2023.
Forgiveness If your CEBA loan is in good standing, and there are no unresolved issues with your previous applications, a portion of your loan may be forgiven  ($20,000 for a $60,000 loan and  $10,000 for a $40,000 loan).

To qualify for forgiveness, you must repay your CEBA loan (minus the forgiveness amount) before December 31, 2023.

Please note that the forgiveness portion of the CEBA program is optional. You may choose not to claim forgiveness, and you should speak with your accountant about the tax implications. Should you choose to claim forgiveness on your CEBA loan, please speak with an ATB team member.

Please also note that other conditions may  apply.
Repayment You can make payments on the principal of your loan at any time. Please speak with an ATB team member to arrange payment toward your CEBA loan.
Interest Any remaining balance on your loan as of January 1, 2024 will convert to a two-year term loan with 5% annual interest. Interest-only payments will be automatically deducted every month from your designated ATB account.
Full repayment deadline December 31, 2025

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Government of Canada’s CEBA site for full program details and dates. You can also check the status of your loan on the government’s CEBA Application Status site.

For questions, you can call the government’s CEBA Call Centre at 1-888-324-4201. The centre operates 9am–6pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday.

The repayment terms for all CEBA loans are the same, regardless of their size.

All loans are interest-free until December 31, 2023. On January 1, 2024, they will convert to two-year term loans with 5% annual interest. The interest payment frequency is determined by your financial institution.

No principal payment is required before December 31, 2023. If any balance remains outstanding after that, only payment on interest are required until the full balance of the principal is due on December 31, 2025.

Your loan forgiveness amount depends on how much you borrowed.

  • For a $40,000 loan, if you repay $30,000 by December 31, 2023, the remaining $10,000 may be forgiven.
  • For a $60,000 loan, if you repay $40,000 by December 31, 2023, the remaining $20,000 may be forgiven.
  • Finally, for a $20,000 loan expansion, if you repay $10,000 by December 31, 2023, the remaining $10,000 may be forgiven.

Please note that if you choose to repay your CEBA loan and want to claim the forgiveness portion, you will only be required to make the payment without including the forgiveness amount.

The funds from this loan can only be used to pay non-deferrable operating expenses of the business including payroll, rent, utilities, insurance and property tax. The funds may not be used to cover any payments or expenses such as prepayment or refinancing of existing debt, payments of dividends, or distributions and increases in management compensation.

For information on CEBA restrictions, visit the Government of Canada’s CEBA Questions site.

CEBA is an interest-free loan until December 31, 2023. Beginning on January 1, 2024, interest will be 5% per year for two years. The loan must be paid back in full by December 31, 2025.

The forgivable portion of your CEBA loan ($10,000 or $20,000) is taxable for the year in which you received your loan. Please speak with your accountant or the CRA regarding the tax implications of claiming forgiveness.

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