JEDI is Here to Help

JEDI is committed to supporting our regional businesses and salutes the businesses that have endured many challenges over the past few years. We commend you for your resilience and contributions to your communities and the JEDI Region.

We endeavor to communicate and engage on an ongoing basis with businesses to help them navigate the rapidly changing economic environment as well as provide information on grant funding and other business resources.

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 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.

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


Government of Canada Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryBusiness Development/Training Opportunity Funding/Grant Opportunity Other
Date Updated
Work-Sharing ProgramThe Work-Sharing Program helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when:

-there is a temporary decrease in the normal level of business activity, and
-the decrease is beyond the control of the employer

The agreement provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers. All employees participating in the agreement must experience a minimum 10% reduction to their normal weekly earnings.
Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) is the department that diversifies the economy across the Canadian Prairies. PrairiesCan leads in building a strong, competitive Canadian economy by supporting business, innovation and community economic development unique to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

PrairiesCan is taking action to support tourism and other businesses and workers. Find out how here.
Futurpreneur Canada Futurpreneur has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,400 volunteer mentors.xx2022/05/24
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. COVID-192022/05/24
Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF) in the Prairie ProvincesThe Jobs and Growth Fund provides funding to businesses and organizations to help create jobs and position local economies for long-term growth. The Fund, delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs), provides $700 million nationally over 3 years, which includes up to $70 million dedicated to businesses created after January 2020 that meet eligibility criteria.

In the West, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is investing $217 million to help job creators and the organizations that support them to future-proof their businesses, build resiliency and prepare for growth by transitioning to a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, enhancing competitiveness and creating jobs in every corner of the country.

Eligible applicants include:
- businesses, including co-operatives
- not-for-profit organizations and community economic development partners

Indigenous applicants
- Indigenous-led organizations and/or businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Under the initiative, RDAs may contribute up to 100% of eligible project costs for projects with Indigenous clients.
AgriDiversity ProgramThe AgriDiversity Program aims to help under-represented groups in Canadian agriculture, including youth, women, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities, to fully participate in the sector by helping these groups address the key issues and barriers they often face for sector participation.

Applications will be accepted from February 13, 2018 until September 30, 2022, or until funding has been fully committed or until otherwise announced by the program.

The program ends March 31, 2023.
Venture for CanadaAs a national charity, Venture Canada is on a mission to foster the entrepreneurial skills and mindsets of young Canadians. Their vision is a Canada where young people can equitably realize their entrepreneurial potential to build the most prosperous place in the world.xxx2022/06/21
Energy Innovation ProgramCarbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) provides an important pathway to emissions reductions for energy and industrial activities under conditions where neither electrification nor low carbon fuels are able to provide technically or economically feasible low-carbon solutions.

As part of Budget 2021, the government is investing $319 million over seven years into research, development, and demonstrations to advance the commercial viability of CCUS technologies. These funds will support businesses, academia, non-profits, government, and federal laboratories on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Province of Alberta Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryBusiness Development/Training Opportunity Funding/Grant Opportunity Other
Date Updated
Digital Economy ProgramThe Digital Economy Program (DEP) is designed to help small businesses take their businesses online. This program, a partnership between Business Link and Digital Main Street, will help small businesses in Alberta undergo digital transformations and adopt eCommerce practices. DEP is open to home-based or commercial small businesses registered in Alberta with less than 50 employees. The program consists of 2 parts: Digital Service Squads guiding businesses through digital transformation and ShopHERE powered by Google guiding businesses through launching and managing their online stores. Small businesses can apply to participate in one or both programs, free of charge.x2022/03/09
Canada-Alberta Job GrantThe Canada-Alberta Job Grant helps to cover training expenses for existing employees and new hires. If you are hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee.xx2022/04/06
Alberta Jobs Now ProgramThe program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses with job supports to get thousands of Albertans back to work.

Employers can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans in new or vacant positions.

This federal-provincial investment is the largest job training program in Alberta’s history. It will support our province’s recovery, help businesses re-open or grow their workforce, and give Albertans an opportunity to gain the skills they need in today’s job market.

Application status:
Third intake: Closed June 30, 2022
Driving Back To Work Grant ProgramUnemployed Albertans have an opportunity to start careers as commercial truck drivers through the extension of the Driving Back to Work Grant Program (DBTW).

Unemployed Albertans can access funding to take the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program to earn a Class 1 driver’s license.

This grant will help to fill an expected shortage of commercial drivers, forecast to be more than 12% by 2023, putting the province’s supply chain at risk. This grant supports Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

The objective of the program is to help more Albertans become Class 1 drivers. This will help support the economy by keeping the province’s supply chain open by ensuring an adequate number of Class 1 drivers are available.

The DBTW is administered by third party contractors, driver training schools and is financially supported by the Canadian Government and Government of Alberta.
Alberta's Recovery PlanAlberta's Recovery Plan is a plan to breathe new life into Alberta's economy and create new opportunities for every Albertan. It's a plan to build, to diversify, and to create jobs.x2022/05/24
Innovation Employment GrantThe Innovation Employment Grant encourages economic growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D) with a grant worth up to 20% of qualifying expenditures.

The program promotes investment and diversification by rewarding all R&D spending in Alberta, regardless of the industry, and complementing the Job Creation Tax Cut by focusing on small and medium-sized firms in the earlier stages of operation, when they might not yet be profitable.

Together, the Innovation Employment Grant and the Job Creation Tax Cut support companies of all sizes and at all stages of their business cycles.
Alberta Bits & Pieces ProgramIf you, your company, or your organization has a product or service to offer you can visit the Alberta Bits and Pieces online portal as well as Alberta Purchasing Connection. x2022/05/24
Supports for Women Entrepreneurs The Government of Alberta is investing $6 million in grant funding for business loans to help women entrepreneurs get easier access to capital. The loan program offers low interest business loans and business advisory supports like advising and mentorship.
Alberta Women Entrepreneurs and Community Futures Network of Alberta will each receive $3 million in grant funding through the Women’s Economic Recovery – Capital Growth Investment and will be responsible for administering the loans.
The grant funding will help support more women as they start or expand businesses, helping diversify Alberta’s economy and creating job opportunities throughout the province.
Printable Signage & Posters for BusinessesAlberta Health Services posters regarding COVID-19COVID-192022/05/24
Alberta Biz ConnectBiz Connect provides supports to help Alberta entrepreneurs and small businesses start, grow and succeed.COVID-192022/05/24
Alberta Export Expansion ProgramThe Alberta Export Expansion Program provides funding support to Alberta small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), municipalities, industry associations, Indigenous communities and economic development organizations promoting Alberta exports.
Self-employment ProgramTraining, business plan development, and one-to-one guidance for eligible Albertans to develop and start a new business.x2022/09/22
Alberta is Calling Campaign Alberta is the best place in Canada to live, work, and raise a family, and a new campaign to attract talented professionals will tell that story.x2022/09/22
Work-integrated learning pilot programThe Work-integrated Learning Industry Voucher pilot program is a new initiative that provides paid work placement for hundreds of students in their field of study, ensuring they get meaningful, hands-on experience from industry experts and launch successful careers after graduation.xx2022/10/17

County of Wetaskiwin Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryBusiness Development/Training Opportunity Funding/Grant Opportunity Other
Date Updated
StartUp Leduc Wetaskiwin RegionsJEDI is a proud partner in Start Up Leduc Wetaskiwin Regions, a business incubator initiative for prospective and new businesses. Their mission is to fill the need for a local business incubator that provides programing, mentorship, and a business resource centre hub.xx2022/05/24

Town of Millet Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryBusiness Development/Training OpportunityFunding/Grant Opportunity Other
Date Updated
StartUp Leduc Wetaskiwin RegionsJEDI is a proud partner in Start Up Leduc Wetaskiwin Regions, a business incubator initiative for prospective and new businesses. Their mission is to fill the need for a local business incubator that provides programing, mentorship, and a business resource centre hub. x2022/05/24

Business & Banking Resources From Other Sources

Resource or Program
SummaryBusiness Development/Training Opportunity Funding/Grant OpportunityOther
Date Updated
The Chamber Leduc, Nisku, Wetaskiwin RegionsThe Chamber helps you run your business more effectively, strengthens the economic climate of the region, and gives you unparalleled networking and promotion opportunities. x2020/12/01
Pigeon Lake Regional Chamber of CommerceThe Pigeon Lake Regional Chamber promotes the Commercial, Industrial, Social and Civic interests of our community.

Whether you are starting a business in the Pigeon Lake region or you are looking to grow your established business, the Chamber can help you!
Edmonton Chamber of CommerceEdmonton Chamber of Commerce Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) provides small to medium-sized enterprises access to a number of industry experts who help you to develop and execute a personalized market-entry export plan. Program is open to businesses in central-northern Alberta. Your business does not need to be located in the City of Edmonton to participate.

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.

Access Prosperity is spearheading a new initiative, the Manufacturing & Export Enhancement (MEE) Cluster.
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

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.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the country’s champion of small business. With over 95,000 members, we’re Canada’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating and supporting an environment where your business can succeed.xx2022/05/24
Business LinkBusiness Link is a one-stop shop to help small businesses thrive, including free advice and coaching x2022/05/24
Business Development Canada (BDC)BDC supports small and medium-sized businesses in all industries and at every stage of growth with money and advice.xx2022/05/24
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.
Canada’s Student Work Placement Program Businesses of all sizes can access wage subsidies of up to 70% through TECHNATION’s Career Ready Program when they hire students in tech-immersive roles. xx2022/04/06
Grow Your Business Online GrantAs part of the Canada Digital Adoption Program, the Government of Canada has partnered with Business Link and Digital Main Street to deliver the Grow Your Business Online grant to small businesses across the country.

Eligible businesses will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting e-commerce and supported by a network of e-commerce advisors.

Applications for the Grow Your Business Online grant opened on June 27, 2022 for Alberta-based businesses.
Business Link Business Guides Business Link's start-up, marketing, and financials guides to help simplify and break down the steps you need to grow your business. x2022/06/13
Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation ProgramFunds are available for small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), industry organizations, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions and government research laboratories with projects related to enhancing productivity, reducing costs, adding value, and increasing environmental sustainability.

On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF)The On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) is a cost-share funding program that supports farmers in adopting best management practices (BMPs) that reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions and store carbon, specifically for in-field nitrogen management, expanding cover cropping, and implementing rotational grazing practices.x2022/08/04