LEEFF loan to Sunwing Airlines protects Canadian jobs

posted on 2nd February 2021 by Eddie Saunders

The Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corp. (CEEFC) announced a new loan under the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). The agreement gives Sunwing Vacations Inc. and Sunwing Airlines Inc. access to $375 million of liquidity to protect jobs in Canada’s airline sector.

Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations together provide almost 3,000 Canadians with full-time jobs.

Sunwing has agreed to maintain an account with money received from customers for travel that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This account will be maintained until the government’s broader discussions with the airline industry conclude and a policy is established for the treatment of these prepaid amounts.

LEEFF loans provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through private market financing. It provides large Canadian employers with access to credit to preserve jobs and continue operations during this challenging period.

Other applications for LEEFF financing are currently under consideration. To protect the financial interests of taxpayers, rigorous due diligence and the collaboration of existing lenders is required.