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Here is a list of sources that can help you access the latest information regarding COVID-19.  Update June 2020

CHBA - COVID Resources

COVID-19: Best Practices for Business Owners

BILD ALBERTA

BILD Safe Worksite Recommendations (PDF)

 

GOVERNMENT

All Provincial Government Programs available to business owners can now be found at BizConnect, including information on relaunch plans.

  • Of particular note is the recently announced Relaunch Funding program, which will assist employers with costs associated with the relaunch.  The grant is for up to $5000 to cover implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, (such as physical barriers, personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies), rent, employee wages or replacement of inventory.  The program’s online application is expected to be available any day now. Program details, including eligibility, are being confirmed

  • Many Alberta businesses are facing challenges paying their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to feel the economic pressure, even as their businesses reopen.  To help ease the economic pinch, the government is planning further measures including legislation to ensure commercial tenants will not face rent increases or be evicted for non-payment of rent due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The new measures will help address shortfalls in the current Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program and will give eligible business owners peace of mind as they reopen and help with the provincial economic recovery.  Additional details are expected to be finalized during the current summer session.

 

The Federal Government programs available to business owners can be found at Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

  • Of particular note is that the Federal Minister of Finance announced that as of Friday, June 19, 2020, applications will be accepted so that more small businesses can access the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). This means that owner-operated small businesses that had been ineligible for the program due to their lack of payroll, sole proprietors receiving business income directly, as well as family-owned corporations remunerating in the form of dividends rather than payroll will become eligible this week. 

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended for an additional two months

 

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OTHER EVENTS OR NEWS:  

The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant opened on Monday, June 29 offering financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations. 


News Release
Eligible organizations can apply for 15 percent of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding.  Some key criteria include enterprises that:

  • Were ordered to close or curtail operations as a result of public health orders;

  • Experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50 percent in April and/or May 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Have 500 or fewer employees.

  • Full program details including eligibility criteria is in the program guidelines

 
To manage the expected volume of applications, during the first week of application intake (June 29 to July 3), a specific application day has been designated for specific regions of the province.

  • For the Central and Battle River region, the application intake days are as follows:

    • Tuesday, June 30, 2020: South –all municipalities within these boundaries except Camrose, Red Deer, and Wetaskiwin.

      • See map is on page 13 of the program guidelines.

    • Wednesday, July 1, 2020: Urban – includes Camrose, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin

    • NOTE: This is not a first-come-first-serve process. From July 4 onwards, organizations from all regions may apply at any time until application intake for the program closes.

 
Application forms will be available when the application intake opens at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 29 at the online application portal through the program webpage at www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx.  
 
If organizations applying can ensure the individual applying has the ability to make the necessary attestations (a signing officer for the organization) and that they have a MADI (https://account.alberta.ca/).
 
If you have specific questions about the program, email inquiries can be sent to: SMErelaunch.program@gov.ab.ca

JULY 22: Alberta in a COVID economy: scenarios for the second half of 2020

Join Todd Hirsch, Vice President & Chief Economist at ATB Financial, as he provides insight into the current state of the economy. He'll discuss scenarios that could play out over the second half of 2020 along with the warnings and opportunities that might come with it.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdO-gqT4vE9Y4AmFmYlL5jVTac-0d0P7m

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