Shoppers are being further incentivised to spend locally with the cutoff date for the ChooseCBR vouchers extended to Christmas Eve.
Set to expire on Monday, the discount scheme offering access to vouchers redeemable across retail, tourism, accommodation, arts and recreation, personal services and hospitality businesses was extended on Friday, after a somewhat lacklustre uptake.
Canberra businesses will have a few extra days to cash in on the ACT government's $500,000 program, with less than $150,000 claimed as of midday.
While about 40,000 people have signed up to the program since its launch last Wednesday, their spending had been limited.
Some customers and business owners have criticised the use of a website over a mobile phone application, while business groups claimed people were using them instead of spending dollars, not as well as.
Minister for Business and Better Regulation Tara Cheyne said she hoped for an increased uptake over the weekend.
"We're still seeing quite a big jump in the number of Canberrans who are signing up every day," she said.
"A lot of people still have their Christmas shopping left to do and I do expect the weekend will be the high period of activity."
Ms Cheyne said she had listened to feedback from users and business owners this week and the website would now include a map feature.
The map will allow users to see where the businesses taking part in the ChooseCBR scheme were located.
"With still quite a bit of discounts to be claimed and that money being available it made sense to take it up to Christmas Eve and get as much of that $500,000 worth of discounts out the door," Ms Cheyne said.
Ms Cheyne said she was reluctant to extend beyond Christmas as many businesses would be closing over the break.
"We expect a whole heap of businesses that we are trying to support and target here to be having a well-deserved break and we expect Canberrans to be having a well-deserved break," she said.
The remainder of the $500,000 was expected to be added to the ACT government's additional $2 million to be rolled out to support businesses in 2021.