COVID-19: Financial help if you are outside Canada
You alone are responsible for your travel decisions. You should avoid non-essential travel outside Canada and avoid all cruise ship travel outside Canada until further notice. If you are already outside Canada, think about returning as soon as possible.
Find out which of the fewer remaining commercial travel options are still available to you. Use your own financial means to arrange your return to Canada. If you have no available source of funds to return home, Canada has established the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad.
- are a Canadian
- are in exceptional circumstances, a Canadian permanent resident
- are outside the country
- had plans in place before COVID-19 to return to Canada that have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic
Each application is assessed according to the applicant’s specific situation and needs.
This emergency assistance is a repayable loan.
How to apply
Eligible Canadians outside Canada who need financial assistance can contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available) or CAN.finances.CV19@international.gc.ca.
For all other consular emergencies, contact the nearest Government of Canada office or Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (call collect where available) or email email@example.com.
How to repay the loan
If you have received a COVID-19 emergency loan, we will soon be sending an invoice and instructions on how to repay it to the email address you indicated on your Emergency Loan Application Web Form. This loan must be paid back to Global Affairs Canada. If you do not pay it in full within 180 days after receiving the invoice, we will notify the Canada Revenue Agency of your remaining debt to the Government of Canada. Once notified, the Canada Revenue Agency can use money owed to you by any Government of Canada department or agency to reduce or repay your remaining debt.
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