Surrey Board of Trade Says One Year CEBA Extension Good, But Wanted Two Years

Today, the Federal Government extended the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) repayment deadline for the small business pandemic loan program by one year. This loan was created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic decimating small businesses.

“While the Surrey Board of Trade appreciates the extension for businesses to repay the full loan amount if they missed the deadline to pay back the unforgivable portion, it is still an incredible burden on businesses,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “We needed the Federal Government to reverse its decision and find an innovative pathway to give businesses flexibility to repay the unforgivable portion of the loan.”

“Many businesses that used the loan are just starting to see returned growth but with Canada’s economy contracting, high inflation rates, high interest rates, and supply chain issues, it is not feasible to expect businesses to have the capital to repay the entire loan in a year’s time.”

The effects of higher interest rates will only begin to show on the economy after 12-18 months, and so we are yet to feel the true impact of rapid interest rate increases. Many economists are stating that further contraction of the economy will occur in the next few months. This contraction will make it harder for businesses to make the revenue necessary to repay the full loan.


Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342,