PAYROLL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA): Payroll Eligibility 


The following eligibility information and enrollment is for businesses with 2019 payroll between $20,000 and $1.5 million.   

If your payroll is less than or equal to $20,000, including businesses with no payroll in 2019, please review the CEBA non-deferrable expense eligibility.   

General eligiblilty: 

  • In 2019, your business paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total employment income 
  • You have a business chequing account with Valley First or Enderby & District Financial and this account is your primary business operating account, used for day-to-day payments and cash management activities
  • You have an active business Canada Revenue Agency 15-digit Payroll Business Number (example: xxxxxxxxxRP0001)
  • You had an active and open business on March 1, 2020 and intend to continue to operate the business or to resume operations  
  • You confirm the CEBA loan will be used to pay for operating expenses that cannot be referred, such as wages, rent, utilities, insurance, debt payments and property tax
  • You have not applied for an are not intending to apply for CEBA at another financial institution under the same CRA business payroll number  



Enroll in the Canada Emergency Business Account


Use the CEBA Pre-Screen Tool to determine if your business may be eligible for enrollment.  The Pre-Screen Tool is not an official CEBA application and does not guarantee approval for CEBA funding. Proceed to enrollment only after receiving a CEBA pre-screen number.  

Review and confirm you meet all the above general eligibility criteria. 

Once you receive your CEBA pre-screen number from the CEBA Pre-Screen Tool and you are the individual authorized to bind the Borrowing Business, enroll here.  Your enrollment information is validated by First West Credit Union and Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). CEBA approvals are authorized by the Government of Canada.    


Visit our FAQs for more information on the Canada Emergency Business Account, as well as other frequently asked questions.

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