Covid-19 Business Support

Covid-19 Business Support & Recovery Outreach Initiative

The following information and list of resources has been assembled for Athabasca businesses that require assistance in managing the hardships and challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Municipal Programs

ATHABASCA COUNTY and the TED COMMITTEE in partnership with ATB Entrepreneurship Centre, the Athabasca and Boyle Chambers of Commerce will deliver a series of virtual business workshops and webinars:

 

Other webinars planned for the future include:

  • Business Accelerator Program and Rural pop-up strategies.
  • Funding for Arts-Culture-Non-Profits & Indigenous partnerships.
  • Business & Agriculture entrepreneurship strategies.
  • Succession planning, HR issues and mental health.
  • Funding for Business technology development and Innovation

 

Non-For-Profits in a New Reality Webinar:  Focus Group Discussion & Educational Presentations

9:15 to 11:30 am | June 25, 2020

The Athabasca District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Webinar for all Athabasca Non-For-Profit Community Groups to engage in open discussions on the new challenges and experiences with our new reality!

This online webinar will focus on what happens beyond today and into tomorrow with the development of a Resource Tool Kit for Not-For-Profit Organizations.

Included in the webinar will be a mini-presentation on:  Funding, Fundraising & Running an AGM Online.

Registration is FREE!

Contact:  Taking Care Counselling Ltd. |  780-213-0917  |  takingcare@mcsnet.ca

Deadline to Register:  June 23, 2020 – Limited Registrations.

 

 

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Toolkit

Click on the link below for a  free Business Interruption and Recovery Toolkit

VIEW TOOLKIT

Federal Programs

Support for self-employed individuals

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June

More time to pay income taxes

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund  *NEW*

May 13, 2020 – Community Futures (Athabasca Region) is taking applications for interest free loans with no payments for up to 2 years with funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada. View criteria for loans up to $40,000 and over $40,000 by clicking on the link below.

VIEW CRITERIA

To apply immediately contact:

Community Futures (Athabasca Region)

Ph:  780-349-2903

Email:  cftr.mgr@telus.net

 

Access to credit

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

BDC  Business Credit Availability Program

 

Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy

Extending the Work-Sharing program

 

Supporting financial stability

Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program

Bank of Canada’s actions

 

Other Business Support

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June

 

SUPPORT FOR WORKERS AND FAMILIES

Flexibility for Taxpayers

Mortgage Default Management Tools

Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

Stingray Radio Advertising Grant Program – 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 $1,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 in radio advertising per business. The recipient business will have twelve months to utilize the radio advertising grant provided towards booking and airing a radio advertising campaign and will not be required to invest additional sums with Stingray radio stations to receive the grant.

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IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY: No fee one-on-one business consultations with lawyers, accountants, marketing, e-commerce specialists and more (by phone, email or live chat). This is a free service jointly funded by the provincial/federal governments and delivered through the Business Link in Edmonton. For further information and to book your free appointment go to: https://businesslink.ca/

Indigenous Tourism Industry Fund (up to $25K per applicant) https://indigenoustourism.ca/corporate/tourism-development-funding-support-program/

Business Support Programs

  • 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
  • Small businesses & self-employed individuals GST Deferral
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (up to $25 billion in interest free loans for small business)
  • Export Development Canada; credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Small employer wage subsidy

 https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/27/prime-minister-announces-support-small-businesses-facing-impacts

Wage Subsidy for Businesses: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/frequently-asked-questions-wage-subsidy-small-businesses.html

Supports for small businesses: http://canada.ca/covid-19-business

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan assistance for Canadians & Businesses: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html#Flexibility_for_Tax-filers

Work-share/lay-off avoidance Program: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing.html

Employment Insurance Program: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html

Employment Rules for Layoffs and Terminations: https://www.alberta.ca/temporary-layoffs.aspx

Community Futures Business Continuity Workbook https://www.communityfutures.ca/sites/default/files/business-continuity-workbook-2019-web.pdf

Advisory Services to Businesses – loans to small and medium-sized businesses, self-employment assistance programs and services targeted to youth and entrepreneurs with disabilities. www.wd.gc.ca/eng/4897.asp

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC); http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agriculture-and-agri-food-canada/?id=1395690825741

Funding for Aboriginal Economic Development Projects: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100014444

The Aboriginal Canada Funding Portal http://www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/acp/site.nsf/eng/funding.html

Canada’s Economic Response Plan: http://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business

For ongoing general Federal updates: http://www.canada.ca

Call to Action for Manufacturers: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/manufacturers-needed.html

Provincial Programs

IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY: No fee one-on-one business consultations with lawyers, accountants, marketing, e-commerce specialists and more (by phone, email or live chat). This is a free service jointly funded by the provincial/federal governments and delivered through the Business Link in Edmonton. For further information and to book your free appointment go to: https://businesslink.ca/

NEW!  Agricultural Job Connector – apply for and post agricultural related jobs.  https://www.alberta.ca/agriculture-job-connector.aspx

NEW! $100 million in funding available for Orphan Well Reclamation and oil services sector job generation.

https://www.alberta.ca/liability-management-statutes-amendment-act.aspx

New! Six Month Deferral of timber dues

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=70000C5E160A8-0893-2ABA-EAC0F19EF694D2DE

Alberta Income Support Program https://www.alberta.ca/income-support.aspx

Alberta Government Small Business Resources https://www.alberta.ca/small-business-resources.aspx

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development https://www.afrea.ab.ca/alberta-agriculture-and-rural-development

Development funding programs. http://www.iae.alberta.ca/media/324115/funding-programs-community-regional-economic-development.pdf

Funding for innovation start-ups at Alberta Innovates ; https://albertainnovates.ca/

Alberta’s Layoff & Recall Directive: https://www.alberta.ca/Layoff-and-recall-directive.aspx

COVID-19 Updates from Government for Albertans: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Government of Alberta – COVID-19: Support for Albertans: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx

Government of Alberta – COVID-19 Support for employers and employees: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx

Help Prevent the Spread: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx

Travel Advice: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-travel-advice.aspx

How to Self-Isolate:  https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx

Cases in Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-data.aspx

Other Valuable Resources

Alberta Treasury Branch (Crowdfunding) – Test, launch and grow your business; to bring in much needed cash by leveraging the crowd, and having a platform to facilitate online transactions.  ATB BoostR.

COVID Employment Insurance Claims can be made by calling 1-833-381- 2725

The Business Link business assistance and advisory services: https://businesslink.ca/

Federation of Canadian Municipalities provides a Disaster Management and Reconstruction initiative. For more information www.fcm.ca

Athabasca Chamber of Commerce: https://www.athabascachamber.org/

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: http://www.chamber.ca/

Economic Developers Association of Alberta – information and webinars: http://www.edaalberta.ca/

Business Directory & Contact List

We are creating a business directory and contact list that will help us share business related information with local businesses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For further information and assistance please contact:

LUKE PANTIN

Tourism and Economic Development (Athabasca County):

780-675-6633 | tedadmin@athabascacounty.com