Daily COVID-19 Update: April 14, 2020
Supports for Business
Wage subsidy legislation provides additional details
On April 11, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2 received Royal Assent, bringing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy into law. The Government of Canada also announced additional details of the subsidy including eligible employers, eligible periods, eligible employees, the change in revenue from 30% in March to now only requiring a 15% decrease in revenues for March. There is also clarification on the calculation of revenues, the amount of subsidy and special rules, along with looking at a refund for certain employer paid contributions to EI and CPP for eligible employers for each week where employees are on leave with pay for which the employer is eligible to claim for the CEWS. It also outlines how the program interacts with the 10% wage subsidy and the work sharing program. Make sure you have your CRA My Business Account set up and have direct deposit established through your account to ensure the quickest means of payment. More details about the application process will be made available shortly.
Funding for Agriculture and Agri-Food Producers for Temporary Foreign Workers
The Government of Canada announced it would provide $50 million to help farmers, fish harvesters, and all food production and processing employers put in place the measures necessary to follow the mandatory 14-day isolation period required of all workers arriving from abroad. Find more details here.
Modified provisions to help business, public bodies and non for profits
Service Alberta is making temporary changes to several acts and regulations to help businesses, public bodies and non-profits remain compliant as they focus their efforts on responding to COVID-19. Under the authority of the Public Health Act, Service Alberta has issued a Ministerial Order that will temporarily suspend or modify provisions related to timelines, location and distance, as well as utility payments and access to information requests. These temporary changes will remain in effect for the duration of Alberta’s State of Public Health Emergency. More information is available online.
Personal Protective Equipment Requests
The government is working hard to source personal protective equipment (PPE) and expedite its distribution to groups and organizations in need. Many organizations have already received supply shipments over the past weeks. If they have not already done so, non-Alberta Health Services (AHS) facilities, such as pharmacies, disability service providers, social service and civil society groups, and independent medical clinics, should submit requests for PPE by emailing email@example.com.
Requests will be quickly processed through the Provincial Operations Centre based on specific need. PPE is being procured through both traditional methods and the Alberta Bits and Pieces Program. This program is helping source equipment and manufacturing opportunities close to home at a time when Albertans need it most. Read more.
Supports for Individuals
Increased Support For Alberta Caregivers
The provincial government is providing $3 million to Caregivers Alberta to expand supports for caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future. Funding to the non-profit organization will help expand support programs and resources for the almost one million Albertans who are caregivers for family and friends, and ensure the many dedicated Albertans caring for their loved ones at home or in the community have access to the supports they need to maintain their well-being. Psychosocial, along with other peer and community supports, are currently available through the toll-free caregiver advisor line at 1-877-453-5088 and online at caregiversalberta.ca for all caregivers, including those caring for someone with COVID-19 or in self-isolation.
Community Supports and Resources
Boosting charitable donations during COVID-19
The Government of Alberta announced that it will match dollar for dollar donations up to $2 million dollars between April 15 to May 31 for designated Alberta-based charities and non-profits with COVID-19 fundraising campaigns. Locally the matching funds will benefit the Community Foundation of Southeast Alberta COVID-19 Response fund
Food banks and food supply
The Government of Alberta is providing $5 million in funding to support food banks and community organizations in their food supply efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support food supply efforts for Albertans in need and charities, not-for-profits, food banks and civil society organizations looking to help Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for funding using the request form.
COVID-19 emergency social services funding fact sheet (PDF, 255 KB)
Have Your Say!
We know that during a crisis, relevant and timely data is mission-critical, and that is why we’ve partnered with provincial, national and international organizations to understand what businesses are going through during this unprecedented time, but also going forward as we recover. It is essential that we collect current data to fully understand the extent of the impact on businesses in Canada in order to influence and inform decisions in the weeks and months ahead.
We won't be promoting many surveys, but we felt these were important:
Provincial: Alberta Chambers of Commerce: open until April 26th.
Federal: Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC): open until April 16th.
Global: International Chamber of Commerce: open until April 27th.
Chamber Network and Allies Ask for Non-Essential Regulations be Halted
Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, the Hon. Perrin Beatty association allies in writing to the President of the Treasury Board, the Hon. Jean Yves-Duclos. The letter urges all levels of government to listen to the more than 60 industry associations that have called for the postponement of all non-essential new regulations and unnecessary consultations that would detract from our members’ ability to manage the COVID-19 crisis.
The Business of Business
In the first edition of the Business of Business, Hon. Perrin Beatty, our President & CEO, has a conversation with Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, on the effects of COVID-19 on SMEs and what is available to help them prepare, persevere and ultimately, prosper through this pandemic. Watch now.
Using eCommerce to Keep your Business Running
Could e-commerce be an option to get your business through the COVID-19 crisis? Join us and Shopify on Wednesday, April 15, as we discuss options for navigating your business through this new environment. We will explore the use of resources and e-commerce tools that you can access through Shopify, as well as answer your questions about their platform and transitioning your business to online operations. Join us on Wednesday, April 15 at 12:00 pm: Register here.
COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Kids Now Available
Many parents and caregivers are getting questions from young people in their lives. To help respond, a new fact sheet is available online at Alberta.ca/COVID19. It is aimed at kids and their families and is meant to spur open, honest conversations with kids about coronavirus and the measures being taken to prevent the spread
On Demand Webinars
Conflict Escalation & What to Do About It. Watch Now.
Destination Canada: The Visitor Economy: Watch Now.
How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business. Watch Now.
The Importance of Human Resources & Being Strategic When Your Business is Being Temporarily Impacted. Watch Now.
Rent Relief in a World of the Coronavirus: Watch Now.
Working From Home During COVID-19. Watch Now.
AMHSA, CSSE, Howatt HR, AUMA Mental Health Webinar Series. Click here.
BusinessLink: View upcoming events.
Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Watch Now.
CPHR Alberta: HR Pandemic Essentials. Click here.
Conference Board of Canada Webinar Series: Mental Health and COVID-19. Click here.
Constant Contact Webinar Series: View the line up of sessions and register.
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Wednesday weekly: Business & Economic Recovery During the COVID-19 Crisis
April 15: A Conversation with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Register here.
April 15: Auto-Star: Keeping Your Company and Employees Secure When Working Remotely. Register here.
April 15: Using eCommerce to Keep your Business Running. Register here.
April 15: Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Webinar Series. Register here.
April 16: Bow Valley College Commercial lease questions, concerns and approaches with COVID-19. Register here
April 16: 13 Ways: COVID-19 and Your Business. Register here.
April 16: Calgary Chamber Business Continuity and new markets. Register here.
April 16: CPHR: What You Need to Know About Virtually Laying Off Employees During a Crisis. Register here.
April 16: Travel Alberta: Communicating with Your Customers During a Crisis. Register here.
April 16: Self Care 101 for Entrepreneurs webinar. Register here.
April 16: Get financing and support for your business. Register here.
April 16: Travel Alberta - Communicating with Your Customers During a Crisis. Register here.
April 17: How to build trust and position your brand during COVID-19. Register here.
April 17: How to Protect Your Mental Health for Business Decision Making. Register here.
April 21: A guide to successful email marketing for small business. Register here.
April 21: CPHR: Leadership in Times of Crisis. Register here.
April 22: BBB Savvy Consumers: How to Identify and Avoid Covid-19 Scams and Frauds. Register here.
April 22: Communication and Conflict Management for Business Families. Register here.
April 23: Crisis Comunications. Register here.
May 7: Write Like a Rockstar.Register here.
Check out more events on our Pandemic Training Calendar