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Regional Relief and Recovery Fund - Program guidelines

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) has been extended and expanded in southern Ontario.

The expanded parameters include increases in contribution amounts and the timeframe for eligible costs, and are available to new applicants and existing recipients.

Key new features for RRRF liquidity support:

  • RRRF funding may support operating costs incurred during the first year of the pandemic, up to a maximum of $1 million.
  • Organizations such as chambers of commerce, business sector associations and other economic development organizations that provide support to businesses are now eligible to apply for the RRRF for non-repayable loans.

What features have not changed?

  • Financial assistance is interest-free.
  • Support under $100,000 will be advanced in a single payment directly to organizations.
  • Financial assistance covers up to 100 percent of eligible costs.

What is the RRRF?

The RRRF is a liquidity lifeline for businesses and organizations impacted by the economic disruption associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in nearly every sector of the economy. It aims to address gaps in or supplement other federal relief measures, as well as complement those provided by other levels of government.

How Much Funding is Available?

When RRRF was launched in May 2020, $252.4 million in liquidity support was provided for southern Ontario businesses. On October 2, 2020, an additional $184 million was made available to FedDev Ontario to continue to help organizations in southern Ontario deal with the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19.    

Is this Program Right for Me?

If you haven’t qualified for other measures or need additional support, then FedDev Ontario may be able to help. You can apply to the RRRF if you have either:

Eligibility

1) Applicants

Eligible applicants Ineligible applicants
  • A Canadian or provincially-incorporated business, co-operative, partnership or an Indigenous-owned business with 1 to 499 full-time equivalent employees; or
  • Organizations, including social enterprises, that are engaged in commercial activities as a significant portion of operations (i.e., the exchanging of goods or services); or
  • Chambers of commerce, business or sector associations and other economic development organizations that provide support to businesses.

That meet the following:

  • Located in southern Ontario;
  • Facing funding pressures with fixed operating costs, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Have applied to other Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures for which they are eligible, as outlined in the program guidelines;
  • Were operational prior to March 15, 2020;
  • Are financially viable;
  • Plan to continue to operate or resume operations; and
  • Have an active business chequing/operating account.
  • Unincorporated businesses, including sole proprietors;
  • Government organizations or bodies, or entities owned by a government organization or body;
  • Unions, charitable, religious or fraternal organizations or entities owned by such an organization;
  • Not-for-profit organizations (except those that provide support to businesses or engage in commercial activities);
  • Entities that are structured as a holding company; and
  • Entities owned by individuals holding political office.

2) Activities

Funding is targeted at providing liquidity support to eligible organizations. It supports fixed (or non-deferred) operating costs to maintain regular operations where revenues or cash flows have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

3) Costs

Eligible costs Ineligible costs
May include:
  • Capital lease payments for existing equipment and machinery;
  • Salaries and benefits (only if not eligible or supported by other available federal COVID-19 relief measures*);
  • Property taxes;
  • Utilities;
  • Bank charges and interest payments;
  • Professional fees;
  • Monthly insurance payments;
  • Rent*;
  • Personal protective equipment / safety measures;
  • Cleaning expenses; and
  • One-time stabilization expenditures (including sanitary, distancing measures and/or one-off adaptation costs related to operating in the context of COVID-19).
  • Any costs deemed not reasonable and/or not directly related to a business’ fixed operational expenses;
  • Monthly mortgage and loan payments;
  • New capital expenditures;
  • Refinancing of an existing debt;
  • Costs of amortization and goodwill; and
  • Acquisition of land and buildings.

*IMPORTANT NOTE ON COST CALCULATIONS:

If you have received financial support from other Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures, RRRF funding will only be assessed for eligible costs not covered or considered by these programs. The RRRF complements other measures and does not duplicate other supports.

The Annex below provides more information on other programs that make up part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

Priorities

RRRF is intended to support all of southern Ontario’s economic sectors, including those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority consideration may be given to businesses and organizations operating in the tourism sector, or by underrepresented groups in the economy.

Consideration may also be given to organizations that can support Canada's COVID-19 recovery efforts through the delivery of RRRF funding or assistance.

Quick Reference Guide on RRRF Liquidity Assistance

Funding for liquidity support

Eligible applicants may only apply for assistance under one of the two funding options (based on eligibility criteria and funding needs).

FedDev Ontario will determine the contribution amount based on the:

Organizations that provide support to businesses that are deemed to be eligible will generally receive non-repayable contributions unless they are assessed to have sufficient capacity to repay.

NOTE: Eligible applicants that have received a CEBA loan will only be eligible to apply for Option 2.

Option 1
Funding of $40,000 or less
Conditionally repayable contribution (interest-free loan)
Option 2
Funding over $40,000 up to $1,000,000
Unconditionally repayable contribution (interest-free loan)
Type of loan and terms

Features:

  • Interest-free.
  • Partially repayable: up to 25 percent to a maximum of $10,000 may be forgiven provided that 75 percent, or up to $30,000 is repaid by December 31, 2022.
  • No payments required until January 1, 2023, but applicant can opt to make payments any time until December 31, 2022.
  • Repayment schedule: If 75 percent of the contribution amount is not repaid by December 31, 2022, the balance owing will be converted to an additional three-year contribution (fixed repayment schedule), beginning January 1, 2023, with no forgivable portion.
  • Full balance due: The contribution must be fully repaid by December 31, 2025.

Features:

  • Interest-free.
  • Fully repayable: 100 percent of the contribution to be repaid.
  • No scheduled monthly payments required until January 1, 2023.
  • Repayment period: Scheduled payments to FedDev Ontario start on January 1, 2023.
Loan amount

RRRF loans will normally support six months of eligible and supported fixed operating costs, up to a maximum of $40,000. 

The timeframe to consider costs is March 15, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

RRRF loans will normally support six months of eligible and supported fixed operating costs, up to a maximum of $1 million.

The timeframe to consider costs is March 15, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

Top-up

Businesses that have received RRRF funding and can attest and demonstrate that they continue to face liquidity pressures may be eligible for further financial support.

Businesses that have received RRRF funding and can attest and demonstrate that they continue to face liquidity pressures may be eligible for further financial support.

Agreement and disbursements

If an Application for Funding is approved, a Contribution Agreement will be executed between the Applicant and FedDev Ontario.

Approved contributions of $40,000 or less will be disbursed through a single advance payment following receipt of an executed (signed) Contribution Agreement.

If an Application for Funding is approved, a Contribution Agreement will be executed between the Applicant and FedDev Ontario.

Approved contributions greater than $100,000 will be disbursed through two advance payments:

  1. Advance payment for 80 percent of the contribution amount will be disbursed following receipt of an executed (signed) Contribution Agreement.
  2. Advance payment for the remaining 20 percent of the contribution amount will be disbursed upon submission of an attestation confirming that the initial 80 percent payment has been expended, the remaining 20 percent is required, and the organization remains operational.

Application process

Applications for funding for liquidity support will be accepted on an ongoing basis with no submission deadlines, until the Fund is fully committed.

Refer to the Application Guide, in conjunction with these guidelines, for information and instructions on how to complete the RRRF Application for Funding. Please consult the FAQ for answers to common questions.

Current applications will be considered under the expanded program parameters and do not need to be resubmitted.

Application review

FedDev Ontario will review applications as they are received. Incomplete applications will not be assessed and will be considered ineligible for funding.

Applicants with incomplete applications are permitted to re-apply with completed applications including all required documentation.

Complete applications are those that include all prescribed documentation containing all information needed for FedDev Ontario to complete the review. Information should be accurate, verifiable, relevant and consistent. Complete applications will undergo a due diligence process where they are assessed against a number of factors.

Assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

Reporting and Disclosure

The recipient will be required to submit a Final Report that includes:

The recipient must submit a copy of their financial statements within one hundred and eighty (180) calendar days of their fiscal year.

The names of recipients, the amount of funding approved and a brief description of the project are included in public records and disclosed on FedDev Ontario’s website in accordance with the Government of Canada’s proactive disclosure practices.

ANNEX – Additional Information on Government of Canada COVID-19 Relief Measures

Organizations are expected to have already applied to other Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures, for which they are eligible, including but not limited to:

Please note:

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