Economic Support and Recovery

There are a number of new and existing resources that are available to local businesses that will provide support at this time.  Whitecourt, the Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce, and Community Futures Yellowhead East have compiled information links on this page to provide easy access to our community.

Business Impact Survey

Between March 20 – 24, 2020, Economic Developers Alberta hosted an online survey to gather information on the impacts the pandemic is having on Alberta businesses. To view the results click here.

COVID-19 Impact Assessment Project for the Whitecourt region

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented economic impacts being felt by employers and employees, the Town of Whitecourt, Community Futures Yellowhead East, and the Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce have launched a COVID-19 Impact Assessment.  The project has been jointly funded by the partners with support through the Labour Market Partnership Program and  is underway in the Whitecourt Region connecting with both employers and employees to:

  • Complete a COVID-19 impact assessment on the Whitecourt region and provide a complete and accurate analysis on the impacts of COVID-19 to the workforce, including employer and employee needs and challenges, in order to facilitate business and labour force retention strategies;
  • Identify immediate labour force needs and challenges and make recommendations on strategies needed to support the findings;
  • Identify long-term challenges, anticipated labour force trends due to COVID-19, and strategies to support employees and employers in the long term; and
  • Capitalize on the findings to determine the best approach to assist with implementation of business and labour force retention strategies moving forward.

For more details on the project contact Whitecourt’s Economic Development Officer at rhondahough@whitecourt.ca or 780-778-2273.

Government of Canada Resources:

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan provides focussed information on the following for businesses, individuals, and organizations:

Support for Individuals and Families:

Persons with Disabilities:

Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates:

Support for Businesses:

Financial Support, Loans, and Access to Credit:

Need help to find supports specific to you business? Answer a few questions here to get a personalized list of support available for your business.

If you are a business that has goods or services that could support Canada’s response to COVID-19, there are a number of ways that you can help:

Find opportunities to sell goods and services related to COVID-19 to the Government of Canada
Learn what goods and services the government needs related to COVID-19 and find out how to become a government supplier.

Find out the latest on the call to suppliers
Get the latest information on the call to suppliers.

Get answers to your questions
Browse answers to the most frequently asked questions we’ve received related to how Canada is buying goods and services to support the COVID-19 response.

Search the PPE Supply Hub
The personal protective equipment (PPE) supply hub helps organizations selling and buying PPE during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Additional links: 

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA  

Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy provides information on the COVID-19 recovery plan, business relaunch stages, and the current guidelines and mandatory measures in place for Alberta businesses

Alberta Biz Connect support is available to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19. Contact the Biz Team for specific questions not found on the webpage directly here.   

Workplace Guidance to reduce the risk of COVID-19 among staff and customers, businesses should follow general ad sector specific guidance documents and implement measures to comply with public health requirements.

Restricted and Non-Restricted Services provides detailed information on business currently permitted to or restricted from providing services at locations accessible to the public.

Supports for Alberta’s Small Businesses

Small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of Alberta’s economy, and they've been hit hard by the coronavirus recession. Businesses that have lost revenue due to impacts from COVID-19 health measures may be eligible for grants to support them financially through this challenging time.

Additional supports:

Whitecourt supports

Community Futures Yellowhead East

Community Futures funding - the Prime Minister made an announcement on Friday April 17 that allocates $287M in funding to the Community Futures Program. This funding will be allocated towards smaller employers and businesses located in rural parts of the country who do not qualify for the recently announced wage subsidy or loans or who still need assistance in managing their operations through these challenging times. Details of this program will be made available as soon as possible. To read the full News Release please click HERE.

For details on the program and information on how to apply visit Community Futures Yellowhead East or contact Michelle Jones, Community Futures Yellowhead East Manager directly at mjones@albertacf.com

Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce

Links to business support programs and associations

The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.  To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.  Repayment time frame would be to December 3, 2022.  Business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through their banks and credit unions.

Travel Alberta announces $17 million investment to help restart Alberta’s tourism industry

Three new federal and provincial funding programs for Alberta destination management organizations and tourism businesses are addressing key areas of need, as identified in a recent Travel Alberta industry COVID-19 impact survey:

  • $4 million – Alberta Destination Management Organization (DMO) COVID-19 Operational Relief Program
  • $4 million – Destination Canada Domestic Funding Program
  • $5 million – Travel Alberta Cooperative Investment Program

To learn more about Travel Alberta’s strategy and programs visit https://industry.travelalberta.com/

Business Link provides information, resources and supports for small business and is being updated regularly. For additional resources to small businesses affected by COVID-19 click here.

Economic Development Alberta Supports

Federal Government Support for Canadians

Support For Entrepreneurs – Business Development Canada

Export Development Canada – Support for Exporters

Western Economic Diversification (WD) – Supports for Businesses

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness Guide – Business Continuity Plan

Canadian Federation of Independent Business – Small Business Guide

Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders on Social and Economic Fallout due to Coronavirus