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- 📣 CERS (Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy) will cover part of commercial rent or property expenses for qualifying renters and property owners, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021.
- Safe Restart program. The Government of Canada has struck a deal with the provinces to contribute $19.0 billion to COVID-19 impacted provincial economies.
- Redesigned Wage subsidy to protect jobs and promote growth.
- Updated Canadian travel restrictions:
- Canada-U.S. Border restrictions extended to August 21, 2020
- Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid all cruise ship travel until further notice.
- CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) has been extended to 8 more weeks. Find out what that means for employers.
- CEWS (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy). Established to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to rehire workers previously laid off due to COVID-19 quickly. UPDATED AUGUST 11, 2020.
- The Business Resilience Service (BRS). Connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada to guide which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small- to medium-sized business.
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Subsidy supporting employers cover 75% of wages – up to $847/week, who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March, and 30% in April.
- Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). $2,000 per week every 4 weeks, up to 16 weeks, for eligible workers.
- Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). $40,000 interest-free loan for small business and not-for-profits, repaying the loan before Dec 31, 2022, has loan forgiveness of 25%, up to $10,000.
- Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). Supports students not eligible for CERB or EI, $1,250/mo. ($1,750 w/dependents) from May-August 2020.
- Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) – expanded program provides additional credit support:
- Work Sharing (WS). A third-party agreement involving employers, employees, and Service Canada helps avoid layoffs, with a temporarily reduced work week.
- 📣 Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. Applications for a second payment will open soon, providing financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Alberta K-12 schools September reopening plans.
- Alberta Stage 2 relaunch has increased the maximum size of outdoor gatherings to 200 people.
- The Alberta Petroleum Incentives Program is a 10-year program to stimulate the attraction of petrochemical projects to Alberta.
- Alberta's Recover Plan includes $10.0 billion in infrastructure projects to create 50,000 jobs and a new Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant of $5,000 per business.
- WCB Premium Payment Deferral. Employers can defer WCB premium payments until 2021.
- Tourism Levy Deferral. Hotels and other lodging providers can delay paying the tourism levy until August 31/20, due to the government, on or after March 27/20.
- Small Business Advice. Free support. Call, email or check out their website.
- Corporate Income Tax Change. Balances and instalment payments due between Mar 18 – Aug 31 are deferred until August 31, 2020.
- Education Property Tax Deferral. Will be frozen at last year’s level, reversing the 3.4% population and inflation increases.
- Government of Alberta: Actions to protect Albertans and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus
- Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Information
- Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
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