This page contains information for our stakeholders and business partners. For traveller and visitor information related to COVID-19, please click here.
Travel Alberta: Connections LIVE webinar series
Travel Alberta’s webinar series, Connections LIVE, is back with topics to help you adapt to the changes tourism businesses are facing as the result of the pandemic.
On Thursday, September 24, join Travel Alberta’s Senior Leadership Team as they review the research they are analyzing to update their Alberta (re)Bound Strategy, inform their business decisions, and support the needs of tourism partners.
On Thursday, October 1, join Travel Alberta's Marney St. John, Director, Insights for a webinar on how travel is returning in the short and long term, including impacts to traveller spending and the Alberta visitor economy, and Albertans’ receptiveness to visitors.
Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC): Elevating Canadian Experiences
In partnership with provincial and local partners, TIAC has launched Elevating Canadian Experiences, a series of workshops across Canada aimed at helping tourism organizations and small businesses operating in the shoulder/winter season and culinary sector.
The first part of their free online workshop series will take place on October 6 and 8, 2020. Click here to register.
Indigenous Tourism Alberta webinar series
In an effort to help their member businesses with all facets of running a tourism business, Indigenous Tourism Alberta is offering a series of webinars over the course of this year that will cover a wide variety of topics. Click here for details.
- In the Speech from the Throne, the federal government delivered major wins for the tourism industry. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program is extended through the summer of 2021, enhancements to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) and Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) are to be implemented.
- Existing restrictions on international travel to Canada are extended to September 30. The Canada- U.S. border closure has been extended until October 21.
- The Government of Alberta updated the SPAR (Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation) Guidance.
- The application deadline for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) has been extended to October 31. The Business Credit Availability Program has been extended to June 2021.
- The federal government unveiled a new $37B COVID-19 aid package, extending the CERB into September, expanding EI and adding recovery benefits.
- The City of Edmonton is making masks mandatory inside all public indoor spaces starting August 1.
- The Canada Wage Subsidy Program will be extended until December.
- The Alberta's Recovery Plan is a $10B plan to rebuild the economy that would create 50,000 jobs across the province.
- The Government of Alberta launched the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to help businesses recover. Eligible job creators can apply for up to $5,000 through this program.
- The federal government has extended the time period for temporary layoffs by up to six months, giving employers more time to recall employees who were laid off due to COVID-19.
- The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has released a report on the State of tourism in Canada during COVID-19.
- Stage 2 of the Alberta Relaunch Strategy started on June 12.
- WD announced $3.45 million to bolster recovery efforts for Western Canada’s tourism industry.
- You can apply for Travel Alberta’s Cooperative Investment Program funding.
- The City of Edmonton launched an Economic Recovery Program to help local businesses.
- Applications for the Emergency Commercial Rent Program are open.
- The federal government launched the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support affected businesses and communities.
- The Sport Tourism Industry launched a Recovery Task Force to develop an action plan for the safe and effective reopening of the $6.8 billion sport tourism industry.
- Travel Alberta launched an Alberta at Home program through their ATIS system. Alberta at Home is a way for tourism businesses to promote virtual offers and events that people can experience from home or purchase online to experience later.
- As of April 27, you can apply for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Program.
- Applications for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are open.
- The Government of Alberta declared a provincial state of emergency on March 17. The City of Edmonton declared a state of local emergency on March 20.
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:
- Destination Canada
- Travel Alberta | Cooperative Investment Program
- Tourism Industry Association of Canada
- Tourism Industry Association of Alberta
- Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada
- Indigenous Tourism Alberta
- Tourism HR Canada | Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit
- World Tourism Organization
- Destinations International
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business