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

Economic Developers Alberta is conducting an online survey for the Alberta business community in order to gather consistent, high level data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The information gathered will be shared to show overall trends on immediate needs and the resources required.

All Whitecourt and region businesses and entrepreneurs are encouraged to participate in this survey.

https://edaalberta.wufoo.com/forms/r19ded0919ea64b

COVID-19 CONTINUITY –  RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS LEADERS

A support page has been designed to help assist the business community understand the challenges and opportunities associated with running your business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.  With the situation evolving constantly, COVID Continuity was established by business for business as a source of information for business leaders, owners, and decision makers. Resources include knowledge topics, financial support break down, cash flow, planning tools, leadership, remote work, crisis communication, employee onboarding, business automation, digital workplace, and a daily briefing.

https://covidcontinuity.com/

Canada's and Alberta's Economic Response to COVID-19

In recent weeks, the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta have made numerous announcements about programs and investments to help stabilize the economy due to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus. These programs are comprehensive so to assist communities AUMA has developed a summary. The Guide can serve as a helpful resource to inform local not-for-profit organizations,  local businesses, and stakeholders about the supports that are available to alleviate financial pressures on households, employers and municipal governments.  

Government of Canada Resources

For the latest updates visit www.canada.ca

On March 20, 2020, the federal government announced plans to support businesses who rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products including critical health and safety supplies and equipment, such as personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology. In Alberta and Ontario, some distillers have already switched to producing hand sanitizer.

Details of the announcement are available here.

The federal government has now launched a “Calling on Suppliers” submission webpage here

Further information, including the extension of other procurement opportunities can be found here.

CANADA’S COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN

CALL FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, the federal government is requesting your help.  The Government of Canada is looking to hear from anyone that:

  • Manufactures in Canada and/or has ready access to necessary inputs through their supply chain;
  • Has equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns, sanitizer, wipes, ventilators, and other medical equipment/supplies;
  • Has skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.

If you can help, you are encouraged to send a short summary of your offer to: ic.mid-dim.ic@canada.ca

THE NEW EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT

Introducing the Emergency Care Benefit providing up to $900 bi-weekly, for up to 15 weeks. This flat-payment Benefit would be administered through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provide income support to:

  • Workers, including the self-employed, who are quarantined or sick with COVID-19 but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • Workers, including the self-employed, who are taking care of a family member who is sick with COVID-19, such as an elderly parent, but do not qualify for EI sickness benefits.
  • Parents with children who require care or supervision due to school or daycare closures, and are unable to earn employment income, irrespective of whether they qualify for EI or not.
  • Application for the Benefit will be available in April 2020, and require Canadians to attest that they meet the eligibility requirements. They will need to re-attest every two weeks to reconfirm their eligibility. Canadians will select one of three channels to apply for the Benefit:
  • by accessing it on their CRA MyAccount secure portal;
  • by accessing it from their secure My Service Canada Account; or
  • by calling a toll free number equipped with an automated application process.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/covid19-individuals.html#emergency_care_benefit

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have lost your income because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide you with temporary income support. The Government of Canada will start accepting applications on April 6, 2020. Visit the link above for detailed questions and answers on the benefit, how to apply, and eligibility. Prior to April 6, individuals who are without work and are eligible for EI can continue to apply for Employment Insurance.

SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

SUPPORT IF YOU ARE FACING UNEMPLOYMENT

SUPPORT IF YOU ARE SICK, QUARANTINES, OR IN DIRECTED SELF-ISOLATION

SUPPORT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO WORK

SUPPORT FOR THOSE WHO MAY NEED IT MOST

SUPPORT FOR SENIORS

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

BUSINESSS SUPPORTS:

 Avoiding layoffs

 Access to credit

  Supporting financial stability

More flexibility

Additional links

The Conference Board of Canada - COVID-19 Impacts

Government of Alberta 

For the latest information visit www.alberta.ca

Information for Employers: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx

COVID-19 supports for Employers

COVID-19 supports for Albertans

AEMA Unsolicited Offers Program

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information please visit www.alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram

Additional links

Flexibility regarding filing taxes

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Corporation Information for businesses

Guidance for Non-Health Care Workplaces During COVID-19

OHS: Respiratory Viruses and the Workplace

Employment Standards Rules

Whitecourt supports

Community Futures Yellowhead East

Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce

Links to business support programs and associations

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

​Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta (CPHR Alberta)

  • CPHR Alberta has launched a free webinar series for HR professionals facing the many challenges presented as the coronavirus pandemic evolves. As the situation changes and escalates, HR professionals are making difficult decisions affecting our employees and organizations.  From March 31 – April 23 they will host two webinars per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm - 1 pm MST. Click HERE for webinar topics and to access registration.
  • https://www.cphrab.ca/cphr-alberta-webinar-series-hr-pandemic-essentials