APPROPRIATION ACT NO. 1, 1970
Terms and Conditions Respecting the Making of Direct Loans for the Purpose of the Economic Development of Indians
P.C. 1977-3609 1977-12-22
His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Indians Affairs and Northern Development and the Treasury Board, pursuant to Vote L53b of Appropriation Act No. 1, 1970, is pleased hereby to approve the annexed Terms and conditions respecting the making of direct loans for the purpose of the economic development of Indians.
2 In this Order,
Account means the Indian Economic Development Account in the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada established pursuant to Vote L53b of Appropriation Act No. 1, 1970; (Compte)
applicant means as applicant under section 3 for a direct loan; (requérant)
borrower means an applicant who has received a direct loan pursuant to this Order; (emprunteur)
- business enterprise
business enterprise means, regardless of a change in ownership or control,
(a) any business carried on in Canada for gain or profit,
(b) a cooperative association incorporated under a law of the Parliament of Canada or the legislature of a province, or
(c) the business of a profession recognized as such under a law of the Parliament of Canada or the legislature of a province,
but does not include
- direct loan
direct loan means a loan from the Account; (prêt direct)
- direct loan agreement
direct loan agreement means an agreement by the Minister to make a direct loan; (convention de prêt direct)
Indian means an Indian as defined in the Indian Act; (Indien)
interest means simple interest; (intérêt)
Minister means the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. (ministre)
3 Any individual, corporation, partnership or Indian band whose activities contribute or may contribute to the economic development of Indians may apply for a direct loan by submitting an application in a form satisfactory to the Minister, signed by the applicant and containing such information as will enable the Minister to satisfy himself in respect of the matters referred to in subsection 4(1) or (2).
(a) the direct loan is required to finance a business enterprise that will or may contribute to the economic development of Indians or to provide equity in a business enterprise that will or may contribute to the economic development of Indians;
(b) the applicant,
(i) in the case of a business enterprise other than the business of a profession, is unable to obtain the required financing on reasonable terms and conditions except under this Order, or
(ii) in the case of the business of a profession, is unable to obtain a loan, except under this Order, by reason only that he is prevented by section 89 of the Indian Act from providing satisfactory security;
(c) the direct loan is not for the purpose of refinancing an existing indebtedness except where the refinancing
(i) is incidental to the main purpose of the direct loan,
(ii) in the opinion of the Minister, improves the security to be obtained by the Minister in respect of the direct loan,
(iii) in the case of an existing direct loan or a direct loan made under this Order, is, in the opinion of the Minister, desirable, or
(iv) is approved by the Minister of Finance;
(d) the aggregate of
(i) the principal amount of the direct loan, and
(ii) the amounts outstanding in respect of all direct loans
does not exceed the total amount authorized by any Act to be outstanding from the Account at the time the direct loan was made;
(e) where the aggregate of
(i) the principal amount of the direct loan,
(ii) the amount outstanding and the undisbursed amount in respect of all other direct loans made pursuant to Vote L53b of Appropriation Act No. 1, 1970,
(iii) the amount outstanding and the undisbursed amount of all guaranteed loans made pursuant to Vote L53b of Appropriation Act No. 1, 1970,
(iv) grants, contributions or other payments made or authorized by the Minister for the purposes of Indian economic development,
(v) the amount outstanding and the undisbursed amount in respect of all loans, grants, contributions and development incentives made under statutory authority vested in the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion, and
(vi) loans made or guaranteed under statutory authority by any federal Department, Crown Corporation or Agency
to or on behalf of the applicant or in respect of the business enterprise for the purpose of which the direct loan is required exceeds $500,000 or may, in the opinion of the Minister, be reasonably expected to exceed $500,000, the direct loan has been approved by the Treasury Board; and
(f) the applicant is able to contribute from his own assets at least 20 per cent of the estimated cost of the entire business enterprise for which the direct loan is to be made.
(2) The Minister may enter into a direct loan agreement with an applicant who is unable to make the contribution specified in paragraph (1)(f) if
(a) the Minister is satisfied that the conditions set out in paragraphs (1)(a) to (e) have been met;
(b) the applicant is an Indian, a group of Indians, an Indian band or a corporation controlled by one or more Indians; and
(c) the direct loan is, in the opinion of the Minister, warranted by the circumstances.
5 A borrower shall pay interest on a direct loan, both before and after maturity,
(a) where the aggregate of the principal amount of the loan and the amounts outstanding in respect of all direct loans to the borrower does not exceed $75,000, at a rate of interest equal to one per cent greater than the simple average prime commercial lending rate, to the nearest one-quarter of one per cent, of the seven major Canadian chartered banks, established at the close of business on the last banking day of December, March, June or September, whichever such day is the nearest preceding day to the day the loan agreement is signed by or on behalf of the Minister; or
(b) where the aggregate of the principle amount of the loan and the amounts outstanding in respect of all direct loans to the borrower exceeds $75,000, at a composite of
- SOR/78-327, s. 1
6 A borrower shall make repayments on the principal amount of a direct loan not less frequently than annually.
7 A borrower shall repay a direct loan within 15 years from the payment thereof or within such longer period as is approved by the Treasury Board.
(a) a mortgage on real property or a chattel mortgage on personal property;
(b) a guarantee specifically listing the interest rate and the repayment terms;
(c) a promissory note specifically listing the interest rate and the repayment terms; or
(d) any security in place of or in addition to that referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c) that the Minister deems appropriate.
(2) The security required by the Minister under subsection (1) may be of whatever rank and may be subject to whatever charges the Minister deems appropriate from time to time.
9 A borrower shall not, without the consent of the Minister,
(a) sell, lease or otherwise dispose of or encumber any security given for the direct loan or any property purchased with the proceeds of the direct loan; or
(b) make capital expenditures other than those authorized by the direct loan agreement.
10 A borrower shall
(a) keep and maintain books and accounting records in a form satisfactory to the Minister and permit the Minister or any person authorized by him to examine those books and records at any reasonable time until the direct loan is repaid in full; and
(b) provide invoices, receipts, cancelled cheques or other documents satisfactory to the Minister as evidence that the proceeds of the direct loan will be or were used for the purpose set out in the application therefor.
Revision of Loan Terms and Default
11 The Minister may, at the request of a borrower, accept repayment of all or any part of a direct loan at a date earlier than the date required by the direct loan agreement or any revision or alteration thereof.
12 Subject to section 13, where a borrower is in default in respect of any repayment or condition of a direct loan, the entire amount of the balance outstanding on the loan shall, at the option of the Minister, become due and repayable.
13 Where a borrower is in default in respect of the repayment of a direct loan or informs the Minister that any of the terms of the loan agreement are such that the borrower may have to default thereon, and the Minister is of the opinion that a revision or alteration of any of the terms of the agreement may enable the borrower to meet his obligations thereunder, the Minister may, with the consent of the borrower, revise or alter the terms of the agreement by
(a) increasing or decreasing the periods between repayments, except that repayments shall be due no less frequently than annually;
(b) extending the time within which the direct loan is to be repaid, but no such extension shall be granted to a date that is more than 15 years from the date of the loan agreement without the approval of the Treasury Board; or
(c) reducing the amount of each repayment or increasing that amount where the period between each repayment is being increased.
14 Where a borrower is in default in respect of any repayment on a direct loan and the entire amount of the balance outstanding on the loan becomes repayable pursuant to section 12, the Minister may take such steps, whether by legal proceedings or otherwise, as he considers necessary to
(a) effect collection of the balance outstanding;
(b) obtain additional security;
(c) realize on any or all of the security he has taken; or
(d) effect any compromise with, or grant any concession to, any person other than the borrower.
15 The Minister shall maintain a registry for the purpose of recording loans made under these Regulations.
16 The Minister shall in January of each year prepare a report with respect to the administration of this Order during the immediately preceding fiscal year and shall include that report in the report submitted by him to Parliament pursuant to section 7 of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Act.
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