Help for non-essential businesses that need to close during the holidays

Non-essential businesses and those offering personal service care that will have to close from December 25 to January 10 under new restrictions announced by Quebec will be able to obtain assistance.

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The Legault government indicated on Wednesday that support measures for businesses will be extended.

Businesses that must cease their activities from December 25 to January 10, inclusive, will be eligible in January for the Assistance to businesses in regions on maximum alert (AERAM) component. This allows you to obtain a loan forgiveness of up to $ 15,000 per month (maximum of 80% of the amount of financing granted) in order to pay certain eligible fixed costs, it was said on Wednesday, in a press release. .

“In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 during this period when many will already be on leave, the Quebec government is requesting the temporary closure of certain commercial establishments. However, we remain attentive to the needs of businesses. It is important for us to continue to make adjustments to our programs in order to create a safety net. The support measures currently in place are complementary to those of the federal government and will allow our businesses to get through the crisis, ”said Minister of the Economy and Innovation, Pierre Fitzgibbon.

In addition, the Emergency Assistance Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (PAUPME) and the Temporary Concerted Action Program for Enterprises (PACTE) remain in force to fill the liquidity shortage of enterprises whose activities are severely affected by the crisis. pandemic.

“In addition, from January 1, all companies presented on the list of economic sectors targeted by a closure order (COVID-19), except those located in the green zone, will be able to benefit from the AERAM component of the PACTE and the PAUPME, we said. The government is thus extending emergency aid to many businesses, such as restaurants and bars, which are experiencing difficulties in the orange and yellow zones. ”

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