COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

JEDI is Here to Help

JEDI remains open for business and we are committed to supporting our regional businesses during these unprecedented times. We endeavor to communicate and engage on an ongoing basis with businesses to help them navigate the challenges they are experiencing.

Below are various lists of business support programs and resources. However, please note that these lists were compiled based on the information available at the time. While we will endeavour to do our best to continue to update this page as new resources or changes to the existing resources are announced, you should always follow the link to the corresponding site to ensure that you have the most up to date information available.

Stay safe and work with your customers, suppliers, community and JEDI, together we will recover stronger than ever.

Connect with Economic Development

Please reach out to us via e-mail or phone if there is any way we can be of service to support your business during these trying times.

Understanding the Implications to Your Business

Help us to understand how your business has been affected by the pandemic and identify if there are any areas that we can be of assistance with.

BUSINESS RESOURCES AVAILABLE

Government of Canada Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryEmployeeBusinessOther
(Landlord, Ratepayer etc.)
Date Updated
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.xx2020/05/06
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020 to August 29, 2020.x2020/05/19
10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers A three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) by 10%.x2020/05/06
Worksharing Program ExtensionEffective March 15, 2020 to March 14, 2021, the government is extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19. This measure will provide income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers. x2020/05/06
Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program for employers to receive increased wage subsidy, extended date for employment & ability to adapt their projects and job activities & hire staff on a part time basis.

NOTE: The call for applications for the 2020 season is now closed.
x2020/06/30
Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)The Government of Canada has introduced the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to help Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of significant uncertainty.

For additional information on any of the BCAP programs or to apply, Businesses should contact their primary lender, where they have a pre-existing relationship.
x2020/05/06
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses provides relief for small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. It offers unsecured, forgivable loans to eligible commercial property owners to:

- reduce the rent owed by their impacted small business tenants
- meet operating expenses on commercial properties

Property owners must offer a minimum of a 75% rent reduction for the months of April, May and June 2020.
x2020/05/25
The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.xx2020/05/019
Community Futures Network of Canada (Alberta)The Canadian Government is providing $287 million to support rural businesses and communities by providing them with much-needed access to capital through the Community Futures Network. x2020/05/06
Regional Development Agencies Support to Small and Medium Sized Businesses The Canadian Government is providing $675 million to give financing support to small and medium-sized businesses that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports, through Canada's Regional Development Agenciesx2020/05/06
National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) $250 million to assist innovative, early-stage companies that are unable to access other COVID-19 business supports through the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).x2020/05/06
Futurpreneur Canada $20.1 million in support for Futurpreneur Canada to continue supporting young entrepreneurs across Canada who are facing challenges due to COVID-19.
The loan offering has been increased to $60,000
x2020/05/19
Income tax filing and payment dates: CRA and COVID-19 CRA income tax filing extended to June 1, 2020 and payment of taxes extended to September 1, 2020. xxx2020/05/06
Deferral of GST/HST Tax Remittances The Government is allowing businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer until June 30, 2020 payments of the GST/HST, as well as customs duty owing on their imports. x2020/06/30
Relief measures for Indigenous businessesThe Government announced up to $306.8 million in funding to help small and medium-sized Indigenous businesses, and to support Aboriginal Financial Institutions that offer financing to these businesses. x2020/05/06
Support for Industries- Agriculture & Agri-foodResponse plan to protect workers and the food supply, by providing $1,500 for each temporary foreign worker, to employers or those working with them to ensure requirements are fully met. x2020/05/06
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Agriculture & Agri-food- Increased Credit AvailabilityFCC payment deferrals, credit line program and term loans. x2020/05/06
Support for Industry- Energy Sector- Cleaning up of Orphan & Inactive Gas WellsFederal funding to the Alberta Orphan Well Association, to clean up orphan & inactive oil & gas wells. x2020/05/06
Support for Industry- Energy Sector- Launching the emissions reduction fundFederal funding of up to $750 million to create a new Emissions Reduction Fund to support workers and reduce emissions in Canada's oil and gas sector, with a focus on methane. x2020/05/06
Calling all Suppliers- Help Canada Combat Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) In support of the Government of Canada’s whole-of-government response to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Government of Canada is asking suppliers about their ability to provide products and services. x2020/05/06
Call to Action- Canadian Manufacturers Needed to Help Combat COVID-19 If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. x2020/05/06

Province of Alberta Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryEmployeeBusinessOther
(Landlord, Ratepayer etc.)
Date Updated
Alberta's Relaunch StrategyInformation on Alberta's phased approach to safely relaunching the economy. xx2020/05/15
Alberta Biz ConnectWorkplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.xx2020/05/15
Businesses currently permitted to provide services at locations accessible to the public Businesses on the non-restricted services and permitted to reopen lists can provide services at locations accessible to the public, but they must follow general and sector-specific guidance and have enhanced infection prevention and controls in place.xx2020/06/04
Rapid Response PlatformDoes your company require PPE to return to work? Or does your company have PPE to offer?

As Canada's industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE. The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process.
x2020/05/25
Corporate Income Tax ChangesCorporate income tax deferral and extension of filing deadline x2020/05/06
Education Property Tax Deferral Education property taxes will be frozen at last years level and collection of non-residential education property tax for businesses will be deferred for 6 months xx2020/05/06
WCB Premium Payment Deferral WCB premium relief measures for private sector employers. View fact sheet. x2020/05/06
Alberta Bits & Pieces Program If you, your company, or your organization has a product or service to offer to support the COVID-19 pandemic you can visit the Alberta Bits and Pieces online portal as well as Alberta Purchasing Connection. x2020/05/06
Utility Payment DeferralEligible individuals and businesses could defer their electricity & natural gas bills until June 19, 2020 without any penalty.

This program concluded June 18, 2020.
xx2020/06/18
Rent Payment PlansTenants are still obligated to pay their rent during the state of public health emergency. However, residential landlords are required to work with tenants who are having difficulty paying their rent to establish a payment plan to help them remain in their homes. x2020/05/06
AgriStability 2020 enrollment deadline extended The AgriStability enrolment deadline has been extended to July 3, 2020 to allow more producers to benefit from the program. x2020/05/06
Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch GrantFunding for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their relaunch costs.

The Government of Alberta has committed up to $200 million in funding for the program.

Grant funding amounts are calculated based on 15% of the eligible organization’s pre-COVID-19 monthly revenue up to a maximum of $5,000 per business, cooperative or non-profit organization.

Application intake opened June 29, 2020 and will remain open until August 31 or for 4 weeks following the start of Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later. An official date for intake closure will be announced when Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy is announced.
x2020/06/29

County of Wetaskiwin Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryEmployeeBusinessOther
(Landlord, Ratepayer etc.)
Date Updated
Non-residential Tax Exemption Tax relief for the County’s business sector in the form of a 5% residential tax exemption on the first $500,000 of non-residential assessment for all non-residential properties, excluding linear property and designated Industrial Property. x2020/05/06
Assistance with groceries and other necessitiesThe County of Wetaskiwin is working with Wetaskiwin’s “Jordan’s No Frills” and local community groups to help individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable County residents who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID-19.

Call the County's FCSS department for more information 780-352-3321.
x2020/06/04
Accounts receivable and utilities penalty forgiveness Penalty forgiveness on County utility accounts and accounts receivable for the period of March 1st to September 1st, 2020.

This means that, during this time, interest will not accrue on any outstanding balances in these accounts.
xx2020/05/06
Cancellation of Tax Penalty Cancellation of the 6% penalty on unpaid taxes as of September 1, 2020. The 7% penalty will still be applied on any unpaid taxes after January 1, 2021.xx2020/05/06

Town of Millet Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryEmployeeBusinessOther
(Landlord, Ratepayer etc.)
Date Updated
Postponement of Tax Penalties Postponement of 18% tax penalty until September 30, 2020.

Taxes are still due June 30th but no penalty will be applied until October 1st.
xx2020/05/06
Waived Utility Bill PenaltiesThe Town of Millet deferred late charges on utility bills for 2 cycles.xx2020/05/06

Business & Banking Resources From Other Sources

Resource or Program
SummaryEmployeeBusinessOther
(Landlord, Ratepayer etc.)
Date Updated
Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)CAEP is assisting members with resources and support to address COVID-19.x2020/05/06
The Chamber Leduc & Wetaskiwin RegionsThe Chamber is focused on continuing to build the resiliency of their business community through the challenges posed by COVID-19. x2020/05/06
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Publication
COVID-19
Pandemic Preparedness for Business
x2020/05/06
Central Alberta Access Prosperity Central Alberta: Access Prosperity is a not-for-profit economic development organization focused on promoting economic growth in the Central Alberta region. x2020/05/06
Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network (CARIN) CARIN is a regional collaboration that can help with Business Advice, Advocacy, Access to Foreign Markets, Financing, Grants, Technological Expertise, Innovation, Idea Testing x2020/05/06
Community Futures Central Alberta Funded in Western Canada by Western Economic Diversification Canada, Community Futures has been supporting small business and rural economic diversification since 1986. There are 27 Community Futures offices in rural communities throughout Alberta, and a total of 269 across the country.

Small business owners impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for loans up to $40,000 through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund provides funding to support businesses that have not been approved for supports through the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) or the Emergency Loan Program delivered through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Click here for more information & to apply.
x2020/05/26
Canadian Business Resilience Network The federal government and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.

The CBRN Small Business Relief Fund will provide 62 small Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast with $10,000 grants to help their recovery efforts during these unprecedented times. The application deadline was June 12, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
x2020/06/22
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)- COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has created a COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre. x2020/05/06
Business Link Business Link is a one-stop shop to help small businesses learn about and connect to available COVID-19 supports, including free advice and coaching x2020/05/06
Business Development Canada (BDC) BDC stands ready to support entrepreneurs during COVID-19. x2020/05/06
ATB FinancialDeferral on payment of loans, lines of credit & mortgages as well as access to working capital for small businesses. xx2020/05/06
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Agriculture & Agri-food- Increased Credit AvailabilityFCC payment deferrals, credit line program and term loans.x2020/05/06
Business Works Central AlbertaBusiness Works Central Alberta is funded by the Alberta Government and free to any Albertan who meets the eligibility requirements.
They offer one-on-one coaching and real business training.
x2020/06/04