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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an announcement regarding financing for small businesses in St. Catharines, Ontario, January 22, 2015. Harper voiced complete confidence in the Bank of Canada on Thursday and said its surprise interest rate cut this week was appropriate.Aaron Lynett

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the federal government plans to make it a little easier for small business to access certain financing.

Most companies with gross annual revenue of $10-million or less – up from $5-million – will now be eligible under the Canada Small Business Financing Program.

They can borrow up to $500,000 each.

The changes will allow more small businesses to borrow money to buy or improve land or buildings.

Harper made the announcement today in St. Catharines, Ont.

He said the program, which aims to help new businesses get started and existing ones to grow, will help create jobs.

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