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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.

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Alberta Biz Connect

Information from the Government of Alberta for businesses looking to re-open during Alberta's COVID-19 re-launch. 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

Learn what support is available to help with the revenue crunch.

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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Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

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

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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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Western Economic Development Canada

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

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Canada Emergency Bank Account

Through financial institutions, this program provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits to help cover their operating costs.

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Canada Summer Jobs Program

The federal government has announced changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program to allow employers to hire younger Canadians this summer.

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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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Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Administered by Western Economic Diversification Canada, the fund provides support to those businesses who have been unable to access supports to date in order to continue their operations, including paying their employees, and prepare for a successful recovery.

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Cut your costs

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

Federal deferred payments and due dates

Several CRA due dates and deadlines have been impacted by COVID-19 including income tax filing and payment for individuals, corporations and trusts.

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Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

This program uses forgivable loans to reduce rent by 75 percent. A tenant is responsible for covering 25 percent, the property owner 25 percent, and the federal government and provinces would share the remaining 50 percent.

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WCB Deferrals and Rebates

The WCB is currently working on refunding 2020 premium payments for private sector employers.

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Provincial deferred payments and due dates

Payments have been deferred for customers of Alberta credit unions and Alberta utility customers. The deadline for corporate tax payments and installment payments has been extended until August 31, 2020.

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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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Property taxes

The City of Calgary has announced the property tax deadline has been deferred until September 30, 2020 for both residential and non-residential properties.

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Support your employees

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

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

This taxable benefit provides $2,000.00 a month for 24 weeks for workers who lose or have reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

This taxable benefit provides support to students and new graduates not eligible for the CERB. The CESB provides $1,250 per month for eligible students or $2,000 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit is available from May to August 2020.

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Canada Student Service Grant

The CSSG provides students with one-time grants ranging between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00 depending on the amount of volunteer hours completed. Both recent graduates and those who are enrolled in post-secondary education are eligible for the CSSG, as well students currently receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit.

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Additional one-time supports

Eligible Canadians who receive the Canada Child Benefit and GST/HST rebate can expected increased payments.

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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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Alberta student loan payments

All payments are deferred interest-free for six months. This means that auto withdrawal will be frozen until September 2020.

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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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Utility COVID-19 Relief Program

Increased payment flexibility including installment plans, extending payment dates and/or suspension of collection-related activities on ENMAX and City of Calgary municipal services.

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Using your business to flatten the curve

Even while we are apart, we can all pitch 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 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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