Federal government launches loan program for black-owned businesses


The federal government is opening the doors to a loan program that will provide financing to black-owned businesses.

The Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund will provide loans of up to $ 250,000 for majority black-owned businesses, or entrepreneurs for their startups or existing for-profit small businesses.

Social enterprises, partnerships and cooperative enterprises are also eligible for funding.

The government says applicants must have a company number, a business plan and financial statements, or project plans in the case of startups.

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“This loan fund partnership unleashes our extraordinary potential and creates economic prosperity for all Canadians.”

A recent survey of 342 black entrepreneurs, commissioned by the African-Canadian Senate Group, found that three-quarters of respondents said their race makes it harder to succeed in business, with systemic racism, access to capital and the lack of a business network, all cited as obstacles to growth.

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