Local Resources for Businesses:
Government Support for Businesses
- Business Support START HERE: find COVID-19 support and programs and services easily
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): You can apply for the CERB in CRA My Account or over the phone.
- 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS): Eligible employers can apply in CRA My Business Account or through a web-based application. Wage Subsidy Calculator
- 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
- CECRA for small businesses helps commercial property owners pay mortgages and reduce tenant rent.
- Access to credit through the Canada Emergency Business Account interest free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits
- Access to a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to provide $40 billion of additional support through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) tp coordinate on credit solutions for individual businesses, including in sectors such as oil and gas, air transportation, exports and tourism. These programs will roll out in mid-April, and interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.
- Tax filing and payment deadlines for 2019: The deadline for individuals to file has been extended to June 1, 2020, and the deadline to pay any amounts owed has been extended to September 1, 2020. Note: some taxpayers may have received a Notice of Assessment that says the deadline for payment is April 30, 2020, which is incorrect.
- Work-Sharing Program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer
Canada Post announces that they will hold and forward mail for business customers at no charge.
- Provincial personal tax payments are not required until August 31, 2020.
- Residential, farm and small commercial customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off, regardless of the service provider.
- Small, medium and large private sector employers can defer WCB premium payments until 2021.
- Business members should contact their credit union or bank directly to work out a plan for their personal situation.
- Employers should review workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely
BUSINESS CHECK-IN DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC Survey #2 HERE
Business Q&A Webinar Sessions
Mental Health Resources for Business Owners + Employees
The Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 | available 24/7 to provide advice and referrals to community supports near you.
Help in Tough Times |AHS
The Mental Health Foundation is supporting a new Alberta Health Services program Text4Hope – a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)–based text messages written by mental health therapists.
Through a set of daily messages, people receive advice and encouragement helpful in developing healthy personal coping skills and resiliency, and adjusting the negative thoughts and feelings a pandemic might provoke. There is no cost.
Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.
For those on Chambers Plan Group Benefits:
Access Chambers Plan Business Assistance Service HERE for a professional lawyer, Certified Accountant or Certified General Accountant,
or Human Resource call this toll-free number 1.877.922.8646 and have your firm number on hand.
Any employee who needs access to mental health services can access 3 hours of FREE counselling services in-person or virtually HERE.
ALL employees who have HEALTH coverage on their plan can access Teladoc Telemedicine to speak with a doctor within an hour at no cost. Download the app or call 1 888 983-5236.