Local Business Relaunch
Our Economic Development Department has been working with our local businesses to help our community identify who is open for business.
If you spot the diamond in the window, they are open for business and excited to serve you!
How can you make your shopping experience better? Check out this guideline for COVID-19 etiquette.
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.
Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.
Province of Alberta: COVID-19 support for employers and employees
Measures to protect employers and employees from the economic disruption of COVID-19 and position Alberta for recovery.
More Albertans to receive $1,200 Critical Worker Benefit
76,500 more workers to receive a one-time payment to recognize the risks they have taken to support Albertans and the economy.
The Critical Worker Benefit is a joint federal-provincial program with $465 million available to recognize the hard work of critical workers during the pandemic.
During the first round of the Critical Worker Benefit Alberta’s government provided $1,200 payments to over 277,800 workers in the healthcare, social services, education and private sectors who deliver critical services to Albertans or support food and medical supply chains.
Workers in new job categories will be eligible for the same $1,200 payment. This includes workers in social services and the private sector who provided critical services to Albertans, were essential to the supply and movement of goods, and faced greater potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their work environments.
To be eligible for the benefit, employees must have worked a minimum of 300 hours during the period of Oct. 12, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021. Support staff working in licensed child care must have worked a minimum of 243 hours during this period.
Eligible social services sector employers do not need to apply. Employers of support staff working in licensed child care programs, disability support workers providing independent living supports, respite, community access, and employment supports, and front-line workers in seniors-serving organizations and non-profit affordable housing providers will be contacted by the Government of Alberta to confirm details.
Eligible private sector workers making $25 per hour or less will also qualify for the benefit. These workers include: truck drivers, farmworkers, security guards, cleaners, funeral workers, employees at quick service and dine in restaurants and taxi drivers who can demonstrate they worked at least 300 hours during the eligibility period. The complete list of eligible workers for this phase of the program are available in the Application Guidelines for the private sector at alberta.ca/criticalworkerbenefit.
Private sector employers can apply on behalf of employees at alberta.ca/criticalworkerbenefit as of June 22. Employers have until July 23 to apply.
Employers will be responsible for distributing the $1,200 Critical Worker Benefit to their eligible employees.
Information for business
Pandemic Planning - This document focuses on creating a business plan for infectious diseases such as SARS or pandemic flu. It is intended for non-health care organizations. Health care organizations, as well as other first response agencies (e.g., police, emergency, first aid, ambulance), will require much more rigorous emergency steps, infection control measures, and workforce plans.
Information for Albertans: Information from the Government of Alberta, including impact on employees and employers.
COVID-19 Resources for the Arts
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes clearer, government at all levels, along with community organizations and arts councils have moved quickly to create programs and funds to address the financial toll. Meanwhile, as both for-profit companies and not-for-profit arts organizations navigate their way through this uncharted territory, lessons and articles on everything from mental health to moving your programming online are making the rounds.
The Rozsa Foundation has put together a comprehensive list of resources available here.
Institute for Sustainable Development
Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders Working to Address the Social and Economic Fall-Out from the Coronavirus.