Short-Term Financing

The MFA provides short term financing under various pieces of legislation to help local governments with their cash flow needs. We offer several types of loans depending on what type of local government you are. Funds can be accessed at any time of year, once the appropriate documentation has been submitted, your loan has been approved and you have submitted an executed loan agreement and promissory note. The time required before a loan is approved or an advance can take place is dependent on what type of loan you are applying for, as some loans require more detailed analysis before they can be approved.

Short term loans are direct obligations of the local government requesting the funding. In the case of a municipality, it does not have to seek consent of its regional district to participate in short term borrowing (which is required for long term borrowing).

There are no fees to set up a short term loan.  Interest is calculated daily, compounded monthly and automatically collected on the 2nd business day of the following month. Payments of principal may be made by direct deposit (please email us to advise of incoming payment), or EFT (please submit Electronic Payment Request) . Each loan has a detailed statement of advances, repayments and interest owing, and participants may access their statements at any time, by logging into their client user account.

The MFA raises money weekly in the Commercial Paper market to fund loan requests. This allows our members access to low cost funding and the flexibility to borrow and repay on short notice.  Funds can be accessed on the same day for amounts less than $5 million (provided notice is given prior to 10:30 a.m.). For amounts between $5 million and $10 million, please allow three days notice, and for amounts in excess of $10 million five business days’ notice is required. Loans can be repaid at any time without penalty.


Administering Your Short-Term Loan:

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For bylaw and resolution templates, please see our Processes & Templates section.  The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has reviewed all sample municipal and regional district bylaws that are provided on our website. Questions regarding the construction and wording of bylaws can be directed to your Governance Analyst at the Ministry. The Ministry provides a summary of the contacts available on their website.

Anything you're not sure of? Check out our commonly asked questions or email us.

Municipality Short Term Loan Application

Liability Servicing Limit Certificate

Regional District Short Term Loan Application

Regional Hospital District Short Term Loan Application

Request for Advance


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