As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges or be worrying about the weeks to come in light of the actions taken by our Government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below is current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.

Response Plans

Canada | The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit the link for supports for individuals and businesses. This link provides access to all Canadian Government supports.

WD support for western Canadian businesses | Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is taking action to support small and medium-sized businesses.

Alberta's Recovery Plan | Alberta is facing an unprecedented economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global recession and world oil price collapse. Alberta's Recovery Plan takes bold action to create jobs that get people back to work, build infrastructure and diversify our economy. We are building on our economic strengths to attract investment and position our province for prosperity. It's a plan for today that provides hope for the future.

Travel Alberta | Re-launch Strategy - Worth the Wait

Government Programs


Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) | The Fund aims to help western Canadian businesses cope with the financial hardship resulting from COVID-19.

First Nations Community Guide on Accessing Additional Supports | Funding, supports, and resources

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) | Businesses may be eligible for a 75% wage subsidy. Applications for claim period 9 (October 25, 2020, to November 21, 2020) are now open.

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) – For individuals who were employed or self employed and are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).  Similar to CEWS, the individual receives $500 a week to help offset the loss of income.

Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) – This is a federal program that is being administered by all the financial institutions across Canada.  Provide loans up to $60,000. There is a top-up if you previously accessed this program.

Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy – This program has been modified and is now open to RENTERS and owners. 

Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19 | Measures part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Changes to Canadian Taxes and Benefits | Overview of the changes to Federal taxes and benefits as a result of COVID

GST Deferral


Small Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant | Financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations directly ordered to temporarily close or substantially curtail operations through Public Health Orders of the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Trade Commissioner – Resources for Canadian Businesses | Contains relevant and important information for businesses navigating challenges and uncertainty in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Pandemic Preparedness for Business | Canadian Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19: Tips for Small Businesses | Helpful tips as you navigate these changes and work to continue to manage your business and serve your customers.

COVID-19 Preparedness | Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Emergency Preparedness | Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Creating an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) | Helpful tips & template

Business Training

Business Link | Webinars, Advice, Resources, Marketing Research

Go Forth Institute | Entrepreneur Online Training and Resources

Bow Valley College Entrepreneur Centres | Digital Transformation Training for Businesses and Continuing Learning

Newell Further Education | Training and Programming - Bassano

Kneehil Adult Learning Society | Training and Job Search

Labour & Employment Services

Alberta Employment Standards Rules | Laws for minimum wage, overtime, holidays, job-protected leaves, vacations, hours of work, earnings, youth workers and termination.

Coronavirus and Small Business: Keeping You and Your Employees Safe | Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

Alberta Job Grant | Training grants to retain your employees

Rockyview and Wheatland Employment Services | Employment and Career Counselling

Tourism Resources and Funding

Destination Canada | Industry Support, Webinars and Government of Canada

Travel Alberta | Product/Experience Development - Investment supporting individual tourism businesses to RESTART operations with a focus on program development for visitors onsite (in person), online and/or virtually. 

Deferral of Tourism Levy Remittances | Tourism levy special notice Vol. 7 No. 9 : deferral of tourism levy remittances


Grants for Small Businesses

Canadian Business Resiliency Network | Small Business Relief Fund - Businesses can use the $10,000 grants to support their recovery efforts, including paying salaries, acquiring safety and personal protective equipment for staff, replenishing materials or paying for the measures required to adapt business models to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Stingray Radio Stimulus Fund | Advertising Grant Funds for Businesses - Stingray will provide a minimum of $15 million in radio advertising grants to local businesses in markets across Canada where Stingray operates local radio stations.  Stimulant grants will range from a minimum of $1000 to a maximum of $100,000 in radio advertising per business.

Additional Supports

Employment Insurance (EI) and Sickness Benefits | The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim.

COVID-19 and Business Insurance: How Coverage is Triggered | Insurance Bureau of Canada

Business Credit Availability Program | Co Lending Program - BDC & Financial Institutions

Free Credit Counselling, Budgeting Help & Debt Consolidation Options | Credit Counselling Society

Enabling Access | Government of Canada - Funding for projects that make Canadian communities and workplaces more accessible for persons with disabilities. EAF aims to create more opportunities for persons with disabilities to take part in community activities, programs and services, or to access employment.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs | Access up to $40,000 as part of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will provide financial support directly to women-owned businesses to address COVID-19 impacts on their short-term stability. This financing will support small enterprises that are struggling with working capital needs and are unable to access larger federal relief funding programs or unable to obtain a loan/credit from traditional financial institutions.

Business Scale-up and Productivity Program | Supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services or technologies. Interest-free repayable funding to incorporated western Canadian companies. WD will be accepting expressions of interest on the following dates:  September 15 – October 14, 2020 and January 15 – February 16, 2021

Venture for Canada (VFC) Internship Program | 75% wage subsidy to hire a student intern this Winter. Applications for funding will be accepted in Sept., 2020, deadline is October 2, 2020.  The Fall Program filled up by Aug 25, 2020, but the link throughs to the application explain how to apply for the Winter Program.

Smart, Sustainable, Resilient Infrastructure Association(SSRIA) Funding | Submission deadline - October 2, 2020. Led by SSRIA and currently funded by Alberta Innovates, the Green Building Technology Network (GBTN) will provide funding towards projects submitted by its members that support the following objectives:

• Achieve a path to energy consumption reduction, 40% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction by 2030 and a regional zero carbon built environment by 2050.
• Integrate new clean technologies and/or design approaches that support energy conservation and/or enhanced building performance in actual buildings (new or retrofit).
• Model, monitor, measure and analyze data from actual building performance.
• Upgrade professional development and/or skills in the AEC sector relating to these clean technologies and/or design innovations.
Project core requirement
• Projects must be located in Alberta
• Projects must support and deliver results directed at GHG reduction, new technology implementation and the learning priorities stated above.
• Projects should have a minimum of 3 members / collaborators including the project team lead.
• All project applicants and listed collaborators must be fully paid members for the duration of the project.
• Green building test-bed facilities must have written confirmation of support by the building owners.
• Projects must be completed no later than April 2022

Travel Alberta Relaunch grant to help businesses recover | Eligible small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits can apply for funding so they can open their doors and get Albertans back to work. Eligible job creators can apply for up to $5,000 through this program. If you have specific questions about the program, email inquiries can be sent to: SMErelaunch.program [at]

• Intake 2:  September 1-30, 2020
• The program will not require partners to match funds
• Capital costs related to COVID-19 for product development will be eligible up to $5,000
• Support for e-commerce, on-line booking/ticketing platforms are eligible for funding
• Development and delivery of virtual experiences are eligible

Agriculture Supports

Agrifood Canada | Complete listing of Programs and Supports

Canadian & Alberta Agriculture Partnership (CAP) | Funding Programs and Services

General Information

COVID-19 | Alberta Health Services

Online Self-Assessment

COVID-19 | Government of Alberta

COVID-19 | Government of Canada

COVID-19 Q&A | World Health Organization

Mental Health Resources

The Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 | available 24/7 to provide advice and referrals to community supports near you.

Crisis Services Canada

Find Your Canadian Mental Health Association | CMHA

Mental health and coping with COVID-19 | CDC

Talking with children about COVID-19 | CDC

Help in Tough Times |AHS

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty | American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


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