Government of Canada resources
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS):
Provides a direct and easy-to-access rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65 per cent of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses. No minimum revenue drop is required to qualify. Retroactive to Sept. 27, 2020 and currently planned to be available until June 2021. Learn more.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS):
Covers up to 65 per cent of an employee's wages for qualifying eligible employers. No minimum revenue drop is required to qualify. Retroactive to March 15, 2020 and currently planned to be available until June 2021. Learn more.
Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA):
Interest-free, partially forgivable loans of up to $60,000 to small businesses that have experienced diminished revenues due to COVID-19, but that face ongoing non-deferable costs such as rent, utilities, taxes and wages. This program has been increased to $60,000 from the original $40,000 maximum. Applicants who already received the $40,000 CEBA loan may still apply for the $20,000 expansion. Applications are open until June 30, 2021. Learn more.
Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP):
Provides 100 per cent government-guaranteed, low-interest loans of up to $1 million to support businesses that have been hardest hit by the pandemic including those in the tourism and hospitality industry and those that rely on in-person service. Chain hotels or restaurants with multiple locations under one related entity could be eligible for up to $6.25 million. This financial support is intended to be used for day-to-day operating costs during the COVID-19 crisis, and for investments into longer-term prosperity. Applications are open until June 30, 2021. Learn more
Government of Alberta resources
A Path Forward roadmap: Developed with the advice of public health officials, Alberta’s Path Forward is a roadmap to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. It outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks. Each step sets a more predictable path for easing restrictions, while protecting the health system. Once hospitalizations are within range of the benchmark, decisions to move to the next step will be considered. Moving between steps will happen at least three weeks apart to assess the impact on cases. As of April 6, Alberta has returned to Step 1 of the four-step framework. Learn more.
Alberta Biz Connect: As part of Alberta’s relaunch strategy, resources are available through Alberta Biz Connect to help keep owners, staff and customers safe. All workplaces are expected to develop and implement policies and procedures to address COVID-19. This resource outlines guidance for businesses reopening or continuing operations, including sector-specific guidance. Learn more.
Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit:
Starting in mid-April the Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit will offer additional support for small and medium-sized businesses that have been most affected by the pandemic and ongoing health restrictions. Alberta businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees that can demonstrate a revenue reduction of 60 per cent or more will be eligible to receive 15 per cent of their monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $10,000. Learn more.
Downloadable posters are available through the Government of Alberta to support awareness and actions that can be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Posters include tips on ways to practice physical distancing and to let customers know whether your business is open or closed. Learn more.
City of Calgary resources
Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw -
Face coverings are mandated in public spaces including retail stores, shopping malls, recreation centres and public common spaces in office buildings in Calgary until Dec. 30, 2021 unless otherwise communicated. Businesses are also required to display signage that outlines the details of the bylaw in public entryways. Learn more.
Extended supports for patios -
The City of Calgary is extending support to local businesses by continuing to allow patios on public land, prioritizing patio applications and by waiving development permit and temporary permission fees for the upcoming season. Applications are now open. Learn more
Waived business license-related fees:
For a period of two years, The City of Calgary will waive fees for new and renewed business licenses, new and renewed fire inspections, planning services and Calgary Police Service fees to support 40,000 businesses in Calgary. Learn more