Canadian startup news of the week (4/12/20)

Welcome to BetaKit’s startup stories of the week! Here, you will find the week’s most important news, features, and editorials published on BetaKit. If you prefer this update hit your inbox every week, make sure to subscribe to the BetaKit Newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

Top Stories of the Week


Feds work to revise wage subsidy, but Canadian tech reaction is mixed

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed the federal government is “relaxing” criteria for the wage subsidy attempting to make it easier for companies to access.


Banks open up applications for $40,000 interest-free emergency business loans

Businesses interested in applying for the loans must go through their current financial institution.


BDC launches matching investment program for Canadian VC-backed companies affected by COVID-19

The idea behind the program is to support Canadian companies impacted by COVID-19 that may not qualify for many of the existing federal government relief measures.


Survey finds 82 percent of tech CEOs plan to make layoffs after being left out of federal wage subsidy

“Without being eligible for the wage subsidy, layoffs will happen,” said one unidentified CEO that participated in the survey.


Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance urges feds to release backlogged SR&ED funding

SR&ED provides support in the form of tax credits or refunds to corporations, partnerships, or individuals who conduct scientific research or experimental development in Canada.


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