Prime Minister announces $5 billion for loans through Farm Credit Canada, extends APP repayment terms

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced additional support for farmers and farm businesses, following last week’s announcement of $82 billion in various spending measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Parliament will reconvene March 24, 2020, to pass emergency legislation for these previously announced measures, and to release $5 billion in additional lending capacity through Farm Credit Canada.

Prime Minister Trudeau says this provides the “support (farmers) need to keep food growing and keep it on our tables.”

The prime minister also encouraged continued social distancing and staying home as an act of service.”Go home. And stay home,” he says.

Also announced was a six-month extension to Advance Payments Program loans due by April 30.

Farm Credit Canada says the additional lending capacity will be used to ensure cash flow for getting the crop planted, and for food processors feeling the impact of a “lost sale due to the financial downturn.”

Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO , says in a news release that FCC will use its resources to “find solutions that offer the best chance for recovery going forward so the industry emerges stronger. Initially, the focus will be on assisting the industry in addressing cash flow challenges so that businesses can remain focused on business-critical functions rather than worrying about how to access funds to keep operating through this difficult time.”

As part of its ongoing support efforts, FCC also is asking existing customers who have cash flow or other financial concerns to contact the organization to discuss alternatives, such as loan payment deferrals and products available to assist with cash flow needs.

Listen to Shaun Haney’s discussion with FCC, CEO Michael Hoffort about the announcement:

2 thoughts on “Prime Minister announces $5 billion for loans through Farm Credit Canada, extends APP repayment terms

  1. Thanks Justin, we all need more LOANS. We would like to see our Government put some effort into getting rid of trade disputes, embargoes ,tariffs and the carbon tax on fuel which we have no choice but to use to seed,harvest and condition the food that feeds the country. We are governed by a group that is totally disconnected with western Canada.

    1. I agree with Bob’s comment. I am also upset about how the media is reporting the $5 billion program. The media makes it sound like direct payments are coming to farmers but the funding is simply access to repayable debt. Because the details of the program are not reported correctly by the media farmers are made to look like welfare recipients to the public.

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