Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (a) what are the qualifying criteria for merchants to be enrolled under the Community Development Council Vouchers scheme; (b) whether an update can be provided on the number of merchants enrolled in the scheme; and (c) how many applications by merchants to be added in the scheme are unsuccessful.
Mr Edwin Tong Chun Fai: The CDC Vouchers Scheme aims to support Singaporeans in their daily expenses as well as help heartland merchants and hawkers in their businesses. Heartland merchants in trades involving daily necessities and services (such as F&B, minimarts, household retail and salons/barbers) and hawkers would generally be eligible to be enrolled onto the Scheme. Heartland merchants or hawkers who are interested to be enrolled onto the Scheme, can register with the CDCs at the website: vouchers.cdc.gov.sg or through their respective Merchants’ Associations, Hawkers’ Associations, or Business Advisers at SME Centres@CDC. The CDC Ambassadors will then visit the merchants and hawkers in the heartlands to make an assessment and enrol them.
Since the launch of the CDC Vouchers Scheme in December 2021, more than 18,000 participating heartland merchants and hawkers have been enrolled onto the Scheme. The CDCs will continue to reach out to a broad cross section of heartland merchants and hawkers so that more businesses can benefit from the CDC Vouchers Scheme.
Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth
5 October 2022