• COVID-19: Important Information and Business Resources

    We will continue to keep our Chamber members up to date with new information on this page as we navigate through this challenging time.

    (last updated April 15th, 2021 12:00 pm)

  • More COVID Recovery Aid for Alberta’s Small Businesses
     
    Alberta’s government is expanding the small business relaunch grant to put more money in the hands of job creators when they need it to survive the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The Alberta government is offering small businesses affected by the most recent public health orders another payment of up to $10,000 from the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. Alberta businesses affected by the latest public health orders will be eligible to apply for another payment in the second half of April. This additional payment will also be available to new businesses that began operating between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, as well as hotels, taxis and ride-sharing services. More information
  • Alberta's Path Forward
     
    New health measures are in place to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 province-wide. A Path Forward is a roadmap to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. It outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks. Growth of cases and variants of concern will also guide decisions to further ease or increase restrictions.
    Alberta returned to Step 1 on April 6. Additional restrictions for restaurants took effect April 9. Step 1 restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

  • April 6th, 2021 Moving back into Step 1

    Alberta is returning to Step 1 of the four-step framework to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 provincewide.

    Click here for more information.


  • March 8th, 2021 - Step 2

    Albertans can now enjoy reduced public health restrictions while strong measures remain in place to protect hospitals and limit the spread of COVID-19. Completing Step 2 of Alberta’s Path Forward, updated health measures are now in place for retail, hotels and community halls, performance groups, and youth sports, performance and recreation. These changes are effective immediately. They are in addition to the Step 2 measures announced on March 1, as pressure eases on the health system and hospitalizations remain well below 450. More information.

    For details on how this affects you and your business visit the Government of Alberta website.

    See a list of resources below and stay up to date with the latest information regarding local, provincial, federal and international Covid-19 news, financial resources and mental health. Please reach out if there is anything your Chamber can do for you or if you have any questions. We are stronger together.

     

  • CRITICAL WORKER BENEFIT

    Hundreds of thousands of workers who continue to provide critical services to Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic will receive a one-time payment in recognition of their hard work and sacrifice.
    The Critical Worker Benefit is a joint federal-provincial program that will see $465 million go to approximately 380,000 Alberta public and private sector workers in the form of $1,200 cash payments.


    Eligible public sector employees do not need to apply to receive the benefit. Employers will automatically receive the payment through the Government of Alberta to distribute to their eligible employees.
    Private sector employers can apply on behalf of eligible employees as of Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Employers have until Friday, March 19, 2021 to apply.


    For detailed information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit: alberta.ca/workerbenefit.

  • SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE RELAUNCH GRANT

    New businesses and unregistered sole proprietors can now apply for Alberta's small business relaunch grant.

    Expansions to the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant program announced in January are now included on the Government of Alberta’s application portal. New businesses that began operating between March and October 2020, as well as unregistered sole proprietors, can now apply for COVID relief funding.

    Click here for more information.

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    February 8th, 2021 - Step 1

    Alberta is bending the curve to protect our health system, but we must be careful not to lift restrictions too quickly. A Path Forward is a roadmap to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. It outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks.
    Step 1 restriction changes came into effect February 8.

    For details on how this affects you and your business visit the Government of Alberta website.

    See a list of resources below and stay up to date with the latest information regarding local, provincial, federal and international Covid-19 news, financial resources and mental health. Please reach out if there is anything your Chamber can do for you or if you have any questions. We are stronger together.

     

  • HASCAP Loans are now available as of February 1, 2021 through your primary financial institution.

    After being teased back in November, the Canadian Government has officially launched the HASCAP Loans program. HASCAP, or officially known as the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program is designe to provide loan guarantees and pandemic support to the hospitality and tourism markets and other ‘highly-affected sectors’.

    $25,000 to $1 Million HASCAP Loans – Learn more at the BDC website.

    Click here to apply for a $1,000 to $500,000 P2P Loans for Canadian Businesses from Lending Loop

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    December 8, 2020 - New restrictions

    Alberta declared a state of public health emergency. Stronger mandatory measures are in effect as of Dec. 8 to help reduce case numbers and protect the health system.

    For details on how this affects you and your business visit the Government of Alberta website.

    See a list of resources below and stay up to date with the latest information regarding local, provincial, federal and international Covid-19 news, financial resources and mental health. Please reach out if there is anything your Chamber can do for you or if you have any questions. We are stronger together.

     

     


     

  • November 6, 2020 - Mandatory face coverings bylaw now in effect

    Airdrie has moved to "Enhanced" status, meaning the City of Airdrie's mandatory face coverings bylaw was triggered on November 6. Additionally, voluntary measures are strongly  recommended to wear masks in all indoor workplace settings unless able to safely distance.

    Please hang up a poster in a location that is visible immediately upon entering your business.

    More information on the bylaw including frequently asked questions is available at airdrie.ca.

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