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Emergency financial assistance –COVID-19

We are closely monitoring the challenge COVID-19 poses to Quebec's businesses, workers and communities. Providing you with support adapted to this exceptional context is one of our priorities.

CED financial assitance for businesses and communities affected by COVID-19

Here are the funding initiatives available in the context of COVID-19:

Easing of criteria and arrangements for CED clients

If you are a current CED client and are affected by the impacts of COVID-19, you may be eligible for flexible arrangements. Further support will be determined on a case-by-case basis as the situation evolves.

What is CED doing to help its clients with its regular programs in light of COVID-19? CED has eased some of the criteria of its regular programs in response to the exceptional circumstances businesses are facing. For example, since April 1, 2020, CED clients can postpone by up to six months their payments against ongoing contribution agreements.
I have already submitted a contribution request to CED. Will COVID-19 affect how it is processed? CED is continuing to process all requests. Do not hesitate to communicate directly with your business officer if you have any questions.
I have an ongoing agreement with CED and I will not be able to make my upcoming payments. Can CED help me? CED has put flexible measures into place to accommodate its clients facing such exceptional circumstances. Do not hesitate to communicate directly with your business officer for more information on this subject.
I have an ongoing agreement with CED and I will not be able to complete the claims forms. Can CED help me? CED has put flexible measures into place to facilitate claims and accommodate its clients facing such exceptional circumstances. If you have incurred any costs, CED will assess the situation with you. Do not hesitate to communicate directly with your business officer for more information on this subject.
I am a CED client and I will not be able to complete the activities outlined in my agreement. What must I do? CED has put flexible measures into place to accommodate its clients facing such exceptional circumstances. There are different options CED will be able to explore with you, such as postponing your project’s end date, examining other types of costs, etc. Do not hesitate to communicate directly with your business officer for more information on this subject.
My organization has received funding from CED to organize or participate in an event (e.g., trade mission, festival, etc.) that has been cancelled. What must I do? CED has put flexible measures into place to accommodate its clients facing such exceptional circumstances. Do not hesitate to communicate directly with your business officer for more information on this subject.


For businesses and organizations that are not CED clients

If you are not a CED client but are affected by COVID-19, we can offer you advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available to you. You may be able to access federal funding to help you maintain your operations.

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Other available measures

The Government of Canada has put measures into place to assist Canadians and Canadian businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Financial support for people, businesses and organizations 

Here are other programs that may support the one-time needs of self-employed individuals and sole proprietorships affected by COVID-19:

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