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) The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provided temporary income support for those that stopped working due to COVID-19.

Even though CERB ended September 26, 2020, CRA is continuing to accept and process retroactive applications for period 7 (August 30 to September 26, 2020).

Learn more about Transitioning from CERB to Employment Insurance (EI)
xx2020/10/06
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
x2020/10/26
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. Applications for claim period 7 (August 30, 2020, to September 26, 2020) are now open.

A proposal has been made to continue the CEWS until June 2021, including possible changes to the rates and top-up calculation.
x2020/10/26
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%.x2020/10/06
Work-Sharing ProgramWork-Sharing (WS) is a program that helps employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary decrease in business activity beyond the control of the employer. The program provides Employment Insurance (EI) benefits to eligible employees who agree to reduce their normal working hours and share the available work while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is an agreement between employers, employees and the Government of Canada.x2020/10/22
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.
x2020/10/06
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

The application process for April, May and June is now closed. The deadline to opt in for the final 3 months of the program is October 30, 2020.
x2020/10/19
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.

All applicants now have until December 31, 2020, to apply for CEBA.

*COMING SOON* CEBA support is being expanded from $40K to $60K. This expansion will be available to all eligible previous and new CEBA applicants. Stay tuned to the CEBA website for more details, including launch details in the coming weeks.
xx2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
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 Agenciesx2020/10/06
The Industrial Research Assistance Program-Innovative Solutions Canada COVID-19 Challenge ProgramThe Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)-Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) COVID‑19 Challenge Program leverages existing government programs and activities to meet COVID‑19-related needs.xx2020/10/06
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
x2020/10/06
Income tax filing and payment dates: CRA and COVID-19 CRA income tax filing & payment deadlines have been extended. xxx2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Agriculture & Agri-food- Increased Credit AvailabilityFCC payment deferrals, credit line program and term loans. x2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF)Created by RBC, Canada United is a movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to reopen safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.

Over $14 Million has been contributed by the Federal Government, RBC, and Canada United partners to support recovery efforts due to COVID-19.
x2020/10/26
Closed/Inactive Programs
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
Deferral of GST/HST Tax Remittances The Government allowed 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.

There will not be an extension of the relief that was announced by the CRA on March 27, 2020 which allowed all businesses to defer, until June 30, 2020, any GST/HST payments or remittances that became owing on or after March 27, 2020, and before July 2020.

Businesses must therefore make these payments and remittances and file these returns by June 30, 2020. Interest will begin to apply to outstanding remittances and payments, and penalties will begin to apply to outstanding returns, effective July 1, 2020.
x2020/07/01

Province of Alberta Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryEmployeeBusinessOther
(Landlord, Ratepayer etc.)
Date Updated
Alberta's Recovery PlanAlberta is facing an unprecedented economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global recession and world oil price collapse.

Alberta's Recovery Plan takes bold action to create jobs that get people back to work, build infrastructure and diversify our economy. We are building on our economic strengths to attract investment and position our province for prosperity. It's a plan for today that provides hope for the future.
xxx2020/10/06
Alberta's Relaunch StrategyInformation on Alberta's phased approach to safely relaunching the economy. xx2020/10/06
Alberta Biz ConnectWorkplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.xx2020/10/06
Printable Signage & Posters for BusinessesAlberta Health Services posters regarding COVID-19x2020/10/06
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.xx2020/10/06
Innovation Employment GrantWhen this program launches in January 2021, companies can receive a grant of up to 20% toward qualifying research and development expenditures.x2020/10/06
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.
x2020/10/06
Corporate Income Tax ChangesAs part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, government is accelerating the Job Creation Tax Cut, reducing the general corporate income tax rate to 8% on July 1, 2020, a year and a half sooner than originally planned. x2020/10/06
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 xx2020/10/06
WCB Premium Payment Deferral WCB premium relief measures for private sector employers. View fact sheet. x2020/10/06
Alberta Bits & Pieces ProgramIf 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. x2020/10/06
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 for 4 weeks following the start of Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. An official date for intake closure will be announced when Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy is announced.
x2020/10/06
Closed/Inactive Programs
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
AgriStability 2020 enrollment deadline extended The AgriStability enrolment deadline was extended to July 3, 2020 to allow more producers to benefit from the program. x2020/07/03

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. x2020/09/15
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.
xx2020/09/15
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.xx2020/09/15
Closed/Inactive Programs
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.
x2020/09/15

Town of Millet Resources

Resource or Program
SummaryEmployeeBusinessOther
(Landlord, Ratepayer etc.)
Date Updated
Closed/Inactive Programs
Postponement of Tax Penalties The 18% tax penalty was postponed until September 30, 2020.

Taxes were due June 30th but no penalty was applied until October 1st.
xx2020/10/06
Waived Utility Bill Penalties The Town of Millet deferred late charges on utility bills for 2 cycles.xx2020/10/06

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.x2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
Canadian Chamber of CommerceCommitted to a simple goal: helping businesses succeed and our families, communities and country flourish.x2020/10/06
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. x2020/10/06
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

CARIN has launched a new cohort-based startup incubator and they are looking for entrepreneurs that have ideas for:

- oil pivots (starts Oct 13- Apply Now)
- smart agriculture (Starts Jan 5/21) and
- manufacturing success (Starts Feb 8/21)

This incubator will support development with 12-weeks of programming and over 50 hours of coaching and training.
x2020/10/06
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).

RRRF 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.
x2020/10/26
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. x2020/10/06
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 x2020/10/06
Business Development Canada (BDC) BDC stands ready to support entrepreneurs during COVID-19. x2020/10/06
ATB FinancialDeferral on payment of loans, lines of credit & mortgages as well as access to working capital for small businesses. xx2020/10/06
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Agriculture & Agri-food- Increased Credit AvailabilityFCC payment deferrals, credit line program and term loans.x2020/10/06
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.
x2020/10/04
The Canada Life Business BoostCanada Life has created Business Boost – to provide small businesses with financial support.

They will provide 12 small businesses across the country with a one-time grant of $10,000. The Deadline to apply is 11:59pm CT on Nov. 12, 2020.
xx2020/11/05
Closed/Inactive Programs
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 provided 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.
x2020/06/12