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 March 31, 2021. Learn more.
Government of Alberta resources
Alberta relaunch strategy: Developed with the advice of public health officials, Alberta’s three-phased relaunch strategy outlines the careful and gradual reopening of the economy while ensuring we continue to follow public health guidelines. Phases are being monitored by a robust set of triggers that will inform when it’s possible to advance to the next phase. Enhanced infection prevention and control measures, including physical distancing requirements of at least two metres, will remain in place throughout all stages. Full explanations for each of the three phases and lists of businesses allowed to reopen and resume operations at each stage are available through Alberta.ca. 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.
Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant - second payment:
A second, one-time payment is available to businesses operating in areas on the provincial watch list
that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30 per cent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are retroactive to March 2020. Eligible organizations can apply to receive equivalent to 15 per cent of their pre-COVID-19 monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $20,000 in funding. Applications will be open until March 31, 2021 unless otherwise communicated. 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 - F
ace 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.