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- We are now in Stage 2 of Alberta's Open For Summer Plan. This reopening plan, based on a province-wide approach, consists of three stages that will be triggered by increasing vaccinations and declining hospitalizations.
- Accommodation providers are permitted to keep tourism levy amounts collected between April 1, 2021 and June 30, 2021.
- The deadline to apply for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant has been extended until June 30, 2021. This grant offers financial help to eligible Alberta businesses that were ordered to close or reduce operations, and that experienced a revenue loss of at least 30% as a result of the pandemic.
- 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 first intake is now open until August 31, 2021.
- The federal government has extended the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy until September 25, 2021.
- The Government of Alberta introduced a new legislation stating that every working Albertan, regardless of job status or length of employment, can access up to three hours of paid, job-protected leave for each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- March 22: the government has announced the extension of the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to help small businesses to June 30, 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.
- The Government of Alberta has announced the new Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit. Businesses that can demonstrate a revenue reduction of 60% or more will be eligible to receive 15% of their monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $10,000. This will be available in April 2021.
- 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 June 30, 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: