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WD Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) – Application Guide

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will provide interest-free repayable contributions to help support businesses that have suffered a financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The support will assist small- and medium-sized enterprises that are unable to access other federal COVID-19 relief measures. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering RRRF in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

The RRRF will support businesses in two unique ways. It will:

  1. Provide up to $60,000 (in a 2-step process), in repayable contributions, to businesses that are not eligible to access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), the “RRRF – Community Futures Stream,” or the “RRRF – Women’s Enterprise Initiative Stream.”
    • Repaying 75 percent of the first $40,000 contribution on or before December 31, 2022 will result in forgiveness of 25 percent of the contribution, up to $10,000. For funding above $40,000 and up to $60,000 (the RRRF expansion amount), repaying 50% of this additional funding or before December 31, 2022 will result in forgiveness of up to 50%, or up to $10,000 of the additional contribution.
    • Note that this application form is for businesses applying for the initial funding of up to $40,000 (Step 1). A separate application, by email invitation after obtaining or applying for the initial $40,000, will be utilized for the RRRF expansion (Step 2). Also note that the forgivable portion is only available if the entire outstanding balance, from both the initial application and the RRRF expansion, is repaid by December 31, 2022.
  2. Provide more than $60,000, up to $1,000,000, in fully repayable contributions to businesses that can demonstrate a meaningful contribution to the western Canadian economy, and are experiencing liquidity issues. These companies must have previously applied for funding from other Government of Canada COVID-19 support measures, but require additional funding through the RRRF to mitigate cash flow pressures.
    • Applications will be assessed against the criteria outlined for projects requesting over $60,000 in funding and only those with the highest evaluations will receive funding. Our objective is to support projects with the strongest alignment to the criteria and assessment elements.

This guide provides instructions to applicants on how to complete WD’s Application for the RRRF. Refer to WD’s website for information on program objectives, eligibility criteria, funding, and the application review process.

Application tips

Complete all mandatory fields in each section or indicate if a field is not applicable. Use the best available information at the time of completion of the application.

Supplementary materials other than those identified in the application will not be assessed and should not be submitted.

The information contained in your application for funding is subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Incomplete applications, with missing mandatory information or documentation, will not be assessed and will be considered ineligible for funding.

A business can only submit one application to the RRRF.

Applicants are encouraged to contact WD at 1-888-338-WEST (9378) if they have any questions regarding the application for RRRF funding.

What are the application steps?

Step 1: Refer to the eligibility section on WD’s website to ensure your project meets program criteria. We recommend you review this guide before starting your application, as the form must be completed in one session. Prepare all requested documentation.

Step 2: Start your Regional Relief and Recovery Fund application.

Step 3: Using this guide, complete the application form. The sections below correspond with the sections in the application.

Step 4: Attach all requested documentation to your application.

Step 5: The application form will display an error message if you are missing any required information and attempt to submit. Please print a copy of your completed application before you submit.

Step 6: Once your application is submitted, a confirmation message with your Reference Number will be displayed on your screen. Please print this page for your records.

Step 7: The primary contact identified on the application can expect to receive an acknowledgement email within 12 hours. Check spam or junk folders for the acknowledgement email following the 12-hour period.

How to complete the application for funding

Organization information

Organization unique identification number

Primary contact

Funding request

Government of Canada COVID-19 support measures

If your business is eligible to receive CEBA funding and you are seeking $60,000 or less, you must apply through the Canada Emergency Business Account program.

If your business does not qualify for the CEBA and your business is located in an area serviced by a Community Futures Organization you must apply to the “RRRF – Community Futures Stream.”

If you do not meet the criteria of the Canada Emergency Business Account, “RRRF – Community Futures Stream,” or the “RRRF – Women’s Enterprise Initiative Stream,” you may be eligible for funding under the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.

Please note, as per the requirements of the RRRF, as set out by the Government of Canada, your business can not be:

Financial information

Funding requests up to $60,000 (2-step process)

Funding requests over $60,000 and up to $1,000,000

Business information

Provide a description of your organization and its principal business line(s).

Expected impacts

Describe the impact that COVID-19 has had on your business and how WD funding will enable your business to assist the western Canadian economy to:

Provide an estimate of the number (#) of jobs you expect to maintain as a result of this relief funding. The number of full-time equivalent employees employed by your business for the length of the funding period (up to 12 months) as well as one month afterwards. Successful applicants will be asked to report on this metric.

Bank account information

Your bank account information is requested by WD for the purpose of administering electronic payment/repayments.

Authorized official of the applicant organization acknowledgements

Ensure you have read and agree with the acknowledgements and certify that all statements and information in this application are true, complete, and correct the best of your knowledge. The individual authorized to sign the application on the organization’s behalf has reviewed the application and agrees that the information provided is accurate.

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