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COVID-19 Government Support for Business

Find the resources you need to take action during this unprecedented time. We're #Here4YYC, and we will continue to update this page so you have what you need.

Alberta Biz Connect

Information from the Government of Alberta for businesses focussing on recovering safely and re-opening permanently. Learn about business operations, guidelines, and how you can re-open while keeping employees and customers safe.

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Get access to credit and funding

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

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

You may be eligible for a subsidy of up to 75% of employee wages retroactive from March 15, 2020.

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CEWS Calculator

Use the CRA's calculator to find out how much your wage subsidy may be and save that information to include in your application.

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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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Farm Credit Canada

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

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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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CanExport SMEs

Funding of up to $75,000 to cover travel costs and other expenses used to enter international markets can now be used for pivoting operations due to COVID-19.

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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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Alberta Jobs Now program

Businesses and non-profit organizations in any industry can apply for funding to reduce the costs of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans. Grants will be provided to employers for hiring or training costs, and the next intake to receive funding is from September 16 to December 31, 2021.

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Cut your costs

See how you can reduce your costs to focus on what's important.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities with lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a direct subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses from September 27, 2020, until September 25, 2021. Applicants eligible for the base subsidy may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more.

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Provincial deferred payments and due dates

Payments have been deferred for customers of Alberta credit unions, Alberta utility customers, WCB premiums. The deadline for corporate tax payments and installment payments has been extended depending on your filing date.

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Business Link

Talk to a small business advisor to get free advice, coaching, and information on COVID-19 resources and supports.

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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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Support your employees

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

Employment Insurance

Temporary changes have been introduced to the EI program to help individuals access EI benefits due to COVID-19.

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Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)

This taxable benefit provides $600.00 for a 2-week period for employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and who cannot apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. You may apply for a maximum of 25 periods (50 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021, and must apply every two weeks.

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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 September 25, 2021, and must apply each week.

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Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

This taxable benefit provides $500.00 for a 1-week period for employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they're 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. You may apply up to a total of 2 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

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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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Changes to the Employment Standards Code

Full and part-time employees can now take 14 days of job-protected leave if they are required to self-isolate, or caring for a child or dependent adult that is required to self-isolate.

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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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Critical Worker Benefit

Employers can apply on behalf of their employees for a one-time payment of $1,200 to recognize the critical services that they provide for Albertans. Applications are open now.

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Using your business to flatten the curve

As we get vaccinated and recover, let's keep pitching in – here's how:

A call to Canadian manufacturers and businesses

The Government of Canada is calling on Canadian manufacturers and businesses that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies. Support for re-tooling, scale-up and other needs is available.

How you can help

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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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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