Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is expanding a loan program for small businesses suffering from the COVID−19 pandemic and is working on new support for companies having trouble paying rent.
The loan program will now be open to businesses that had payrolls last year between $20,000 and $1.5 million.
Trudeau says 195,000 loans worth a total of $7.5 billion have so far been approved.
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But he says some businesses and entrepreneurs in need had been excluded, which is why the criteria are being expanded.
Trudeau also says a program is coming to help businesses cover rents for at least three monthsbut the details still need to be worked out with the provinces and territories.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2020.