This page contains information for our stakeholders and business partners. For traveller and visitor information related to COVID-19, please click here.
- Starting Friday, September 3rd, masks will be mandatory again in all public spaces, privately-owned businesses and municipal spaces in Edmonton.
- Applications for Travel Alberta's Cooperative Investment Program will be accepted from September 1 to 30, 2021.
- The Government of Alberta launched the Alberta Jobs Now program, which will provide up to $370 million in funding to help private and non-profit businesses offset the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans in new or vacant positions. Additional funding is available for hiring persons with disabilities. The second intake will start on September 16.
- The Canadian border will reopen to fully vaccinated American travellers on August 9. Fully vaccinated travellers from all other countries should be able to visit Canada for non-essential travel beginning September 7.
- The federal government has announced the Tourism Relief Fund, which will invest $500M to help the tourism sector adapt, recover and reposition itself for future growth.
- Alberta entered Stage 3 of the Open For Summer Plan on July 1st.
- The Government of Canada has announced the details of the first phase of its approach to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada. Beginning July 5, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel. To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada.
- The federal government has extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy until September 25, 2021.
- The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) is providing small to medium-sized companies across Canada with grants of up to $5,000 to offset the cost of expenses businesses have incurred due to COVID-19. These costs include the purchase of personal protective equipment, adjustments to office space, and development of web/e-commerce capability.
- All international passenger, private and charter flights will land at the Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal airports. Cargo-only flights will remain exempt. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to take a COVID-19 test and quarantine in a designated hotel for three days at their own expense while they await results. Those with negative test results will be able to quarantine for the remainder of the mandatory two weeks at home, with increased surveillance, while those with positive tests will be required to quarantine in designated government facilities.
- Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP): Businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 can access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs. These loans are for small and medium-sized businesses that have seen their revenues decrease by 50% or more as a result of COVID-19. Available until December 31, 2021.
- Financial support program for Canadians who have missed work due to COVID-19: apply for the Canada Recovery Benefit through your CRA account.
Resources & funding support for businesses
The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta are taking action to support tourism and other businesses and workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about the latest measures here:
- Government of Canada | Economic Response Plan | Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
- Government of Alberta | Support for Employers and Employees | Alberta's Recovery Plan: Creating jobs, building, diversifying | Alberta Biz Connect
- City of Edmonton | Support for Edmonton businesses
- Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDA’s): can help small or medium sized businesses with additional funding and/or flexible arrangements as well as assistance to accessing federal funding to help you stay in business.
- Business Development Bank of Canada: offers support in the form of small business loans, working capital loans, purchase order financing and tools to review your financial management and operations.
- Export Development Canada: can help Canadian exporters access capital, secure financing, and grow their capital.
- Business Link: provides one-on-one guidance to Albertans who operate a small business.
For information on COVID-19 and health safety:
Additional COVID-19 resources for tourism stakeholders are provided by: