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Government Support for Business

Find the resources you need to move forward safely and successfully. We'll continue to help you grow, and will continue to update this page so you have what you need.

Business Recovery Resources

Business Benefits Finder

A directory of all available programs, services and supports for businesses available through the Government of Canada. Businesses can search for support based on their individual needs.

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Alberta Biz Connect

Information from the Government of Alberta for businesses focusing on operating safely. Learn about business operations, guidelines, and how you can keep employees and customers safe.

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Recovering from COVID-19

See what resources are available for your business to recover from the impacts of COVID-19

COVID-19 rent and property expense support for businesses

Subsidies exist to cover part of commercial rent or property expenses.

Depending on the period you are applying for, you may be eligible to claim commercial rent or property expenses through one of the following: Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, or the Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program.

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COVID-19 wage and hiring support for businesses

Subsidies exist to cover part of employees' wages and hiring.

For each applicable claim period, eligible employers can claim one of the following, whichever gives the highest amount: Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program, Canada Recovery Hiring Program, and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

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Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit

The Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit provides $300.00 a week to eligible workers who are unable to work due to a temporary local lockdown anytime between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022. Applications open as soon as the federal government declares Alberta a lockdown region.

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Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

This taxable benefit provides support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. Applicants can receive $500.00 before for a 1-week period, and can apply for up to a total of 6 weeks between September 27, 2020 and May 7, 2022.

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Changes to the Employment Standards Code

Full and part-time employees can now take 14 days of unpaid job-protected leave if they are required to self-isolate, or caring for a child or dependent adult that is required to self-isolate. Employees are also provided three (3) hours of paid time to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Access to credit and funding

Learn what support is available to help with the revenue crunch and help your business recover.

Business Development Bank of Canada

Several options for accessing credit and cashflow including the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).

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Export Development Canada

Several options for accessing credit and cashflow including the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP).

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Work Sharing Program

Special measures and changes have been made to the program to provide support during COVID-19.

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Prairies Economic Development Canada

With more funding, Prairies Economic Development Canada may be able to help you navigate various federal support programs for COVID-19.

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Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

Through the Canada Development Investment Corporation (CDEV), bridge financing will be available for larger companies with annual revenue of $300 million or higher who are seeking financing of $60 million or more.

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Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Guarantee

Through your financial institution, access federal government guaranteed, low-interest loans, ranging from $25,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 for operational cash flow needs.

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Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP)

Apply for either the Grow Your Business Online grant or the Boost Your Business Technology grant for funding that will help you adopt digital technologies, take advantage of e-commerce opportunities and create a plan for your businesses' digital needs.

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Strategic Innovation Fund

The Strategic Innovation Fund supports Canada's innovation ecosystem by providing businesses with funding for various innovation-advancing projects.

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Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program

Businesses can earn investment tax credit, income tax deductions or refunds through the SR&ED program when undertaking research and development activities.

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Jobs and Growth Fund in Western Canada

Funding from the federal government for businesses and organizations to help create jobs and facilitate growth including dedicated funding for businesses created after January 2020.

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Indigenous Community Business Fund

Funding for businesses in Indigenous communities that are not eligible for other federal supports and have been impacted by COVID-19.

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Programs and supports for your industry

Learn more about sector-specific supports that you can access to elevate your business

Film and Television Tax Credit

A refundable tax credit at a credit rate of up to 30% for film, television and other on-screen productions in Alberta.

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Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program

This program provides funding for new or expanded petrochemical facilities that are operational.

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Agricultural Clean Technology Program

Find support for adopting or developing clean technology innovations that reduce GHG emissions and promote energy innovations.

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Farm Credit Canada

FCC has increased lending capacity, and customers can apply for COVID-19 support.

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Agriculture Training Support

Eligible agricultural and horticultural businesses and services can apply for a grant to offset the costs of COVID-19 training and ensuring safety protocols are in place for new domestically-hired employees. Applications are expected to open soon.

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Agriculture Job Connector

A Government of Alberta service to Albertans with temporary, essential positions in the agriculture and agri-food industry.

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Elevate your employees

Help provide resources to those who mean the most to you.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

This taxable benefit provides households $500.00 for a 1-week period for employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. You may apply up to a total of 26 weeks between September 27, 2020 and October 23, 2021, and must apply each week.

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Mortgage support

Canadian banks have committed to work with their customers on a case-by-case basis to find solutions to help them manage hardships caused by COVID-19.

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Canada-Alberta Job Grant

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant allows employers to access up to $300,000 in funding from the government each fiscal year to train present or future employees.

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Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP)

The AAIP connects businesses with the skilled employees they need by allowing foreign workers to work in Alberta and apply for permanent residency.

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Supporting our community

See how you can continue to help those who need it most.

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Help support community social service agencies. Contribute to one, centralized fund and ensure an effective, coordinated response to support the local community.

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Procurement streams

New expedited innovative procurement streams will allow more businesses to develop solutions and products for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

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Alberta Bits and Pieces program

Tailored to connect with businesses who are interested in supporting the COVID-19 response. If there is a requirement for a businesses’ product or service, that business will be contacted by a representative of the Government of Alberta.

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