Denominational ways to bridge the financial strain on communities of faith.

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United Church Pandemic Bridging Loans during COVID-19

This is a short-term emergency loan program for congregations during the pandemic.

Emergency loans of up to $10,000 are available to communities of faith that need a short-term top-up after they have accessed the government programs available or are transitioning out of the government benefits.

Please fill out the application form, then press Submit.

The form will be sent automatically to your regional council. Your eligibility will be determined in consultation with the regional council. Repayment terms will be negotiated, and loans must be repaid by December 31, 2025.

  • Loans are interest-free if repaid by December 31, 2023, which aligns with the federal CEBA loan program.
  • After that date, the interest rate will be 2% per annum.
  • Those who pay before December 31, 2023, will only need to repay $9,500.

This is the first time in living memory that emergency loans on this scale are available to communities of faith nationally. This program is made possible by a $3 million grant commitment from The United Church of Canada Foundation. The money comes from the generous bequests of members over the years. Their gifts are ensuring the future of the church. Visit the Foundation website for a full picture of its work.

For more information, e-mail Maria Pimpinella at , and check for regular webinars. You can also watch recordings of past webinars.

What revenues do I include or exclude for the subsidy calculation, and what is the impact on assessment going forward?

  • For comparison purposes, revenue means gross revenue from arm’s-length sources calculated using the employer’s normal accounting method, and excludes revenues from extraordinary items or amounts on account of capital.
  • Any loans and grants related to COVID-19 will not be counted in future assessment calculations.
  • Federal wage subsidy grants will be considered extraordinary items and not count against future subsidy calculations.
  • A loan is not revenue in any case and will not count in any calculation.
  • HST rebates are not revenue for these purposes.
  • Regular general fund, building fund, memorial fund, Mission & Service contributions will all count as revenue for gauging year-over-year changes.
  • Capital campaign monies should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. These could be considered an extraordinary items in church settings, but a consistent approach should be used for 2019 versus 2020. All applications should be in utmost good faith.

For More Information

Contact your regional council or

Erik Mathiesen
Executive Officer, Finance
416-231-7680 x4022
1-800-268-3781 x4022