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Daily COVID-19 Update: May 25, 2020

Supports for Business

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications

Applications are now being accepted for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. Over the course of the program, property owners will reduce rent by at least 75 per cent for the months of April and May (retroactive), and June, for their small business tenants. CECRA will cover 50 per cent of the rent, with the tenant paying up to 25 per cent and the property owner forgiving at least 25 per cent. 

As of today, applications will be accepted through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) website. The CMHC expects a large number of applications. To manage this volume, the intake of applications will be staggered based on the size and location of the commercial property. Property owners can submit their applications according to the following timetable: 

  • Monday, May 25: Property owners who are located in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec, with up to 10 tenants who are eligible for the program.
  • Tuesday, May 26: Property owners who are located in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Territories, with up to 10 tenants who are eligible for the program.
  • Wednesday, May 27: All other property owners in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Territories.
  • Thursday, May 28: All other property owners in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec.
  • Friday, May 29: All property owners across Canada.

This program is for small business tenants that are paying less than $50,000 per month in gross rent, with annual consolidated revenues of less than $2 million, and that have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. It will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.

Give Feedback on Commercial Rent Challenges

Tenants and landlords can fill out an online survey to help gauge any challenges they may be experiencing while working together to develop a payment schedule, paying their rent, or meeting other financial obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Survey results will give government further insight into the types of issues businesses and landlords are experiencing and whether they have been able to access available supports. These insights will aid in determining whether additional measures are needed to support businesses struggling to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online survey, including alternative methods of submitting feedback by email or phone, can be found on the Commercial tenancy support feedback page.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Applications Now Open

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund provides funding to support businesses that have not been approved for supports through the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) or the Emergency Loan Program delivered through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Find program details and eligible uses for loan funding here . Use the application portal to apply now.

Coming Soon: Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund

Applications are opening Monday, June 1 for our Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund. We are offering grants to Canadian small businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a lifeline and support their resilience. These grants are possible through the generosity of Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) and will be offered as a one-time payment of $10,000 to 62 businesses across the country. Applications will be accepted from June 1 to June 12, 2020. 

Bargaining with Unions and Statutory Freeze

As many collective agreements in the province are set to expire, employers' attention is going to shift from the day to day management of their business or organization to the bargaining table. During bargaining it is not uncommon for many employers to re-assess how they best organize their organization in the most efficient ways possible. Read more.

New Resources

The Business Resilience Service Hotline

The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows small- to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and charities to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support them and their recovery.

The program, delivered free of charge, provides: 

  • Guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility
  • Direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations
  • Help to make decisions to support recovery plans
  • Real time insights and feedback to policymakers

To access the BRS call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8am – 8pm ET (5am – 5pm PT).

MNP COVID-19 Planning Tips for Workplace Re-Entry

While organizations are anxious to get employees back into the workplace, determining who will return and when is a complex

process. It’s important to consider health authority guidelines, local government requirements, sector issues, job-specific risks

and landlord policies — and ensure employees feel safe returning to work. The areas outlined by MNP can help ensure you are

addressing the key requirements for an effective re-entry into the workplace.

Global Trade Alliance COVID-19 Resource Hub

The Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the vital importance of smooth, efficient trade in getting essential goods such as medical supplies, to those who need them. To help you stay informed, the Alliance Covid-19 hub brings together useful resources on the pandemic in one place and provides tips on how to keep essential goods moving in these challenging times. 

Tip from the American Water Works Association

Before you reopen, has water been stagnant in your building? As water sits stagnant in pipes and tanks within buildings, water quality issues can arise. That means the stale water should be flushed out of buildings before they re-open. Read more


Alberta Chambers of Commerce on North American Rebound

ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly chatted with J'lyn Nye at 630 CHED about the North American Rebound campaign, Alberta Relaunch, and recent Alberta Perspectives survey data. Listen now.

Featured Webinars

Tourism Week is May 24-31 Across Canada

Travel Alberta is offering five virtual events to connect industry to the work that is being done around the province and in Canada to help navigate the way forward.

Startup Canada Women Entrepreneurs Program Webinar Series

As part of the Women Entrepreneurs Program, Startup Canada hosted a series of online webinars featuring women leaders from a variety of industries and backgrounds. These webinars provide women entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge to start and scale their businesses. Although the focus of these events is women, anyone is welcome to participate! All 12 webinars are now available on demand! Watch now

How to Safely Reopen

Presented by the Southeast Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), you can attend this session to learn more about implementing your relaunch strategy safely. Topics include:

    • Legal obligations
    • What needs to be done before a business reopens
    • Hazard control strategies
    • What to do in the event of an outbreak in your business
    • Where to find additional resources and training
    • Opportunity for Question & Answer

Thurs May 28th Noon-1PM. Register by Wed May 27th by clicking here:

Being Human Services FREE webinars:

Wednesday, May 27: 10 – 11:30am  – Everything DiSC Workplace: Everything DiSC Workplace® delivers a comprehensive, easily customizable workplace development solution to engage every employee—regardless of title or position, department or function—in building more productive and effective relationships at work. Register: 

Wednesday Jun 3: 10 – 11:30am – Personality Dimensions – Sales and Customer Service: Personality Dimensions® Sales and Customer Service can help any organization design effective sales and marketing campaigns, and customer service programs that recognize and accommodate the diverse preferences and communication styles of customers and advertisements that better target their customers. Register: 

Wednesday, Jun 17: 10 – 11:30am – Everything DiSC Productive Conflict: Productive Conflict helps participants improve self-awareness around conflict behaviors. Rather than focus on a step-by-step process for conflict resolution, Everything DiSC Productive Conflict provides participants with techniques to curb destructive behaviors and effectively respond to conflict situations. Register: 


Share your stories and resources with us and on the YXH Business Support Group and connect with us for any questions you have.

Recognize your heroes by using the hashtag #YXHheroes.

Honour your everyday heroes through the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Awards program. Nominations can be submitted online.


"Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way." - Les Brown


For more resources visit our COVID-19 page

On Demand Webinars

Alberta Bits & Pieces Webinar. Watch Now.

Canadian Business Resilience Network Video Content

13 Ways COVID-19 and Your Business Part 1: Watch Now.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Explained: Watch Now.

Conflict Escalation & What to Do About It. Watch Now.

Crowdfunding through COVID-19. Watch Now.

Destination Canada: The Visitor Economy: Watch Now.

BDC Economic Pulse (April 20): Watch Now.

How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business. Watch Now.

How to Navigate Government Programs with KPMG. Watch Now.

The Importance of Human Resources & Being Strategic When Your Business is Being Temporarily Impacted. Watch Now.

Keeping Your Company and Employees Secure When Working Remotely. Watch Now.

Leading During a Crisis and Switching to Remote Work. Watch Now. 

Maintaining Sales in the face of COVID-19. Watch Now.

Rent Relief in a World of the Coronavirus: Watch Now.

Shopify E-Commerce Tools. Watch Now.

Social Media in Crisis. Watch Now.

Understanding, Accessing and Optimizing the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. Watch Now.

What To Feel When Stressors Collide, With Canada Life. Watch Now.

Working From Home During COVID-19. Watch Now.

Webinar Series

AMHSA, CSSE, Howatt HR, AUMA Mental Health Webinar Series. Click here.

APEX Alberta Webinars: Watch the recorded series

BDC Webinar Series. Click here. 

BusinessLink: View upcoming events. Learn how to find bid opportunities. Register now.

Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Watch Now.

CPA Small Business Webinar Series. Click here. 

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.

D2L Webinar Series: Digital Transformation for Associations. Watch Now.

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Wednesday weekly: Business & Economic Recovery During the COVID-19 Crisis

Free Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)® IDS™ sessions. Register here.

International Economic Development Council Webinar series. Watch now.

Retail Council of Canada

StartUp Canada Women Entrepreneur Webinar Series: Click here.

Travel Alberta Webinar Series. Watch Now.

Upcoming Webinars

May 26 & June 2: Rock My Business Plan. Register here.

May 26: CWB Financial Webinar | Putting People First: How to Win During a Crisis. Register now.

May 26: Travel Alberta “Worth the Wait” summer marketing campaign.

May 26: CWB | Strategies For How Businesses Can Persevere And Recover From COVID-19. Register now.

May 27: Funding programs for tourism businesses. Register here.

May 27: APEX Alberta: Everything DiSC Workplace. Register here.

May 27: Digital Strategy in a Time of Crisis. Register here.

May 27: BBB Digital Marketing in the Face of a Pandemic. Register here.

May 27: Marketing Your Business Re-Opening. Register here.

May 28: Work-Life Wellness for Entrepreneurs: During & Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis. Register here.

May 28: Succession Planning Webinar. Register here.

May 28: Alberta Tourism Town Hall. Register now.

May 28: Alberta’s Economy in a COVID-19 World, hosted by Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist at ATB Financial

May 28: Adapting your Business Plan in a Crisis, Presented by CPA Alberta. Register here.

May 28: EDC Webinar: Manage Your Cash Flow And Ramp Up For Business. Register here

May 28: Leverage EQ techniques to nurture customer trust. Register here.

June 3: APEX Alberta: Personality Dimensions – Sales and Customer Service. Register here.

June 3: BBB Financial Options for Small Businesses. Register here.

June 3: Destination Canada – COVID-19 Research Webinar. Join here at 1:00.

June 3: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Maintaining Sales During COVID-19. Register now.

June 4: Cash Flow Management in Times of Uncertainty Webinar. Register here.

June 10: Post-COVID Employee Benefits. Register here.

June 10: Bow Valley College - Intermediate Facebook marketing. Register now.

June 17: APEX Alberta: Everything DiSC Productive Conflict. Register here.

Don’t forget Joe Social Media – Free Social Media training from May 1 – June 30 (times vary). Register here. Use promocode: Resilience

Check out more events on our Pandemic Training Calendar


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