The MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent (MRC) would like to remind business owners affected by the pandemic that it is still possible to apply for the Emergency Assistance for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Program (PUHSL). The maximum amount available for a business loan is $49,999.
The program is designed to facilitate access to capital to maintain, consolidate or relaunch the operations of businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program was developed in the context of this extraordinary and circumstantial economic situation.
The emergency assistance program is part of an agreement between the Ministère de l’économie et de l’innovation (MEI) and the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent signed on April 14, 2020.
A revised application form is available in the section below.
“During this difficult time, it is essential we support our businesses that have been forced to close due to the second wave of COVID-19,” said Louise Lebrun, the prefect of the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent.
In order to support businesses required to cease all or part of their activities as a result of being located in an area at high alert (red zones), a component has been created and added to the emergency assistance program, Assistance for Businesses in Regions Under Maximum Alert (ABRUMA also called AERAM in French). This component allows businesses operating in the sectors listed below to obtain non-refundable assistance (loan forgiveness) in the amount of $15,000 or 80 percent of eligible expenses when they apply for an emergency loan from the MRC, under certain terms and conditions.
Eligible expenses include certain fixed costs incurred during the period in which the business remains closed, including:
Salaries, benefits, employer and employee contributions, taxes and other fixed costs are not included.
Businesses located in a red zone and whose closure has been ordered by decree of the Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux are invited to contact Iris Delagrange, the economic and social development coordinator at the MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, to learn more about the terms and conditions of the new ABRUMA/AERAM component.
Please contact Iris Delagrange, Economic and Social Development Coordinator, at: 450-264-5411 ext. 233 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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