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Daily COVID-19 Update: June 8, 2020

Supports for Business

How Would A $10,000 CBRN Grant Help Your Small Business

We want to hear your story on how receiving a $10,000 grant from the CBRN Small Business Relief Fund would impact your business. Hear from a Fredericton, New Brunswick business on their story and then be sure to submit yours to us today to and be sure to apply before June 12th here.

Assessment Request for Information Packages

The City of Medicine Hat Tax Assessment department has mailed out Assessment Request for Information (ARFI) packages to property owners of improved non-residential and multi-family property classes.

This process of collecting property related data is the first step towards developing the 2021 assessment roll. Collecting data annually ensures the assessment roll reflects current market information.

Completing the ARFI is an important part of the tax assessment process. Assessment values are established to allow for equitable distribution of taxes. Higher response rates will increase the statistical confidence level in the resulting assessment values. It is important for property owners to retain their ability to participate in the assessment appeal process. For property owners to be eligible to appeal their 2021 assessment, they must respond completely to a ARFI by the July 31, 2020 deadline. Find information on the City website.

As always, property owners are encouraged to contact the Assessment Department directly if they have questions regarding their property assessment, or if they require any assistance in completing their request for information forms at 403.529.8114 or

Tender Opportunity for Non-Medical Disposable Masks

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has a requirement for Non-medical disposable masks from Canadian bidders. The disposable masks must be made in accordance specifications listed in the Request for Proposal. Firm quantity: 25 million. Find out more.

Supports for Individuals

Changes to travel restrictions for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents

The Canada Border Services Agency is announcing that as of June 8, 2020 23:59 EDT, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days.

Foreign nationals who are admitted into Canada pursuant to this exemption must quarantine for 14 days.

An immediate family member refers to a person’s:

  1. spouse or common-law partner;
  2. dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, or a dependent child of the person’s spouse or common-law partner;
  3.  dependent child, as defined in section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, of a dependent child referred to in paragraph (b):
  4.  parent or step-parent or the parent or step-parent of the person’s spouse or common-law partner;
  5.  guardian or tutor.

All foreign nationals who have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 continue to remain prohibited from entering Canada.

This change does not apply to immediate family members of temporary residents in Canada, such as those on a student or work visa.

Non-medical masks available to Albertans

Starting today Albertans can visit one of almost 600 A&W, McDonald’s Canada, or Tim Hortons drive-thrus in the province to receive four non-medical masks. Masks are free and no purchase is necessary.

Albertans are encouraged to pick up masks for family members and friends, especially those who may not be able to get to a drive-thru, to reduce traffic. Masks are being distributed on the honour system, and people are asked to respect the limit of one package of four masks per Albertan to ensure everyone who wants masks can get them. Find more information.

Community Supports and Resources

Hand Sanitizer Recall

Check your hand sanitizer label. On Saturday, Health Canada issued a recall of six hand sanitizers that are made with industrial-grade ethanol. The chemical can lead to dry skin, irritation and cracking. The brands include Eltraderm, Contract Packaging Distributions, Nature's Own, Sanilabs and Walker Emulsions. Read more.

National disability organizations receive additional funding to support and enhance accessible  communications and engagement activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic

The federal government announced an additional $1.1 million in funding to support national disability organizations through the Social Development Partnership Program - Disability Component to enhance their communications and engagement activities to better address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons with disabilities.

The importance of accessible communications and the need for engagement with persons with disabilities during the pandemic is critical at this time and has been raised as a key issue by the disability community and the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group.

Supporting the disability community to maintain communications and engagement during the pandemic will allow organizations to create a barrier-free, multi-lingual experience for persons with disabilities and ensure they receive accessible and relevant information to support them during this time.

Launching consultations on child care in Alberta

The government is launching consultations to ensure parents and early childhood educators have their say on reducing red tape and improving quality and safety in child care. To ensure physical distancing, child care operators and industry associations will participate in virtual table talk sessions. An online survey will also be available to parents, early childhood educators and operators, beginning June 15. The survey will be on and will also be sent to parents through their child care centre.

The UFA Rural Communities Foundation continues $100,000 Community Grant Program

On Friday, June 12 - Farmer's Day - the UFA Rural Communities Foundation (RCF) is opening this year's program to applications. The RCF encourages communities to apply for up to $100,000 for projects that enrich education, recreation and culture. Find more information and access the application form. 

The mandate of the foundation is to improve the sustainability of farmers and ranchers in Alberta by improving access to funding for educational, recreational and cultural facilities and programs in Alberta

Virtual physician visits to become permanent

Effective immediately, new billing codes for “virtual” patient visits via telephone and video calls introduced for the pandemic will become permanent. In March, government introduced new and expanded billing codes for virtual care to aid in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All existing rules for virtual care codes remain in place.

Quick facts

  • Permanent billing codes include patient visits, consultations, and mental health services provided over the phone or through secure video conference.
  • In-person physician and specialist care will continue. Virtual services will be offered by physicians and specialists where appropriate.
  • These permanent virtual codes will not be subject to the daily patient visit cap.
  • Rates vary depending on specialty and service, and are the same as current basic in-person rates.
Applaud Albertans for stepping up for seniors

Across Alberta, countless individuals and groups, including seniors themselves, have stepped up in new and innovative ways to ensure their friends, neighbours and community members have the supports they need during this difficult time. From introducing special store hours, making daily telephone calls to check in, or dropping off groceries and prescriptions, Albertans are making a difference when it is needed most. Take the time to recognize Albertans who are investing time, energy and resources to help seniors during the pandemic and nominate these individuals for the 2020 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards. Categories include individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations and subcategories include volunteerism, philanthropy, innovation and outstanding service. Nominations are being accepted until August 11.


What's next for Alberta's economy? - Take the ACC recovery survey

Today, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce network is launching the latest business survey in our Alberta Perspectives market research program—this one focused on economic recovery and priorities following the COVID-19 pandemic and record-low oil prices. Your responses will help us advocate on your behalf to provincial and local governments, supporting Alberta's job creators and communities. Please take the survey and share your insights. The survey should take less than 10 minutes and will be open through June 30.

Deloitte Wants To Hear From You!

The federal and provincial governments have enacted various relief measures to support the Canadian business community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Deloitte wants to give your organization, as a member of this community, an opportunity to provide your feedback directly to various levels of government and, ultimately, help shape new and existing relief measures.

More specifically, Deloitte has created this survey to better understand the effectiveness of existing relief measures and identify additional support that may be required. Deloitte will share these responses – in aggregate – directly with relevant government stakeholders at all levels to help guide relief efforts. Take the survey now.

Commentary: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective With Susanna Cluff-Clyburne And Shawn Lester 

In our continuing conversations with small business owners to get their perspective on how businesses are managing through the pandemic, Susanna Cluff-Clyburne, our Senior Director of Parliamentary Affairs, talks with Shawn Lester, Managing Partner of Lester Landau CPAs. In addition to his role of Managing Partner of Lester Landau, Shawn is a member of our board of directors and is Chair of our Territorial Policy Committee. Watch now.

Alberta Chambers of Commerce on 630 CHED

ACC President and CEO Ken Kobly talked to Ryan Jespersen today (630 CHED) about Alberta's economic reopening, including ACC survey results on the issue. Listen now.

Featured Webinars

Travel Insurance in the world of COVID-19

June 10 at 11:00 am. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected our ability to travel. Yet as restrictions are slowly lifted and lockdown measures decrease, travel constraints will ease up. Once travel is allowed, people will have questions about travel insurance. What am I covered for? Is my current travel insurance policy sufficient? Where can I go if I have further travel insurance questions? Register now.

Physical return to work: Practical realities and transformative opportunities

June 17 at 1:00 pm. Organizations are faced with a new duality of safely transitioning people back to physical locations while reimagining the future of work and business. This discussion will include:

  • Operational resilience
  • Health and safety considerations for a physical return to work
  • Technology and cybersecurity concerns
  • The workforce of the future

Register now.

Take Control of Your Business: 3 Simple Tools to Help your Business Survive and Thrive

June 22 at 11:30 am. Learn 3 Simple & Essential Tools to Help your Business Survive and Thrive in a Period of Extreme Uncertainty. Sysential works with entrepreneurial organizations, specifically their owners and leaders, to get more of what they want from their business by helping to implement proven tools and a complete business system called EOS - the Entrepreneurial Operating System®. Register now.

How to Build an Effective Advertising Strategy

June 24 at 11:00 am. You're ready to advertise but need a strategy and a plan. We'll walk through how to define your advertising goals and objectives, reach your target audience at the right time and place, and learn to measure a successful advertising campaign. Register now.

New Resources

Stage 2 town hall recordings

Economic Development Minister Tanya Fir hosted a series of telephone town halls last week with Dr. Hinshaw to consult with impacted industries on stage 2 of relaunch. The audio recordings of these conversations are now available via Dropbox

Commentary: The Great Quickening, Car Sales And Climate Change

Right now, supply chain challenges are combined with a significant drop in global vehicle demand. Industry analysts estimate that in 2020 global sales of internal combustion engines (ICEs) will be down anywhere from 20-25%. These numbers translate into 70 million passenger vehicles sold in 2020, compared to 90 million in 2019 and 94 million in 2017. While auto-sellers have tried to adapt to social distancing measures by increasing online sales, demand of vehicles could take years to recover in Canada and globally, and that’s bad news for global efforts to combat climate change. Read more.

Phil Taylor On The Clicks & Mortar Podcast

Canadian Chamber of Commerce  Managing Director, External Communications, Phil Taylor joined the Clicks & Mortar podcast to talk about the CBRN Small Business Relief Fund, including why it was established, the criteria for applying and how to apply. Applications for one of 62 grants, each worth $10,000, are now being accepted. Deadline to apply is Friday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Listen to the podcast.

Webinar Recording Available: Build Your Online Presence, With Facebook

Learn how to build your businesses online presence with a Facebook Business Page and find out about the free Facebook tools to jump-start your business online. We cover everything from building your Facebook business page, to communicating with your customers and managing and measuring your page. Watch now


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.

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don’t.” - Anonymous


For more resources visit our COVID-19 page

On Demand Webinars

Alberta Bits & Pieces Webinar. Watch Now.

Alberta Phase 2 Relaunch Town Hall Recordings. Listen 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.

Facebook: Build Your Online Presence. 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.

Relaunching Your Business. Watch now.

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

Shopify E-Commerce Tools. Watch Now.

Social Media in Crisis. Watch Now.

Strategies for How Businesses Can Persevere And Recover From COVID-19. 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.

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. Register here.

School of Public Policy. Register here.

StartUp Canada Women Entrepreneur Webinar Series: Click here.

Travel Alberta Webinar Series. Watch Now.

Upcoming Webinars

June 9: Managing the Impact of COVID-19 at the Board Level (MNP). Register now.

June 9: Getting Creative With Your Mobile Phone, With Facebook. Register now.

June 9: Getting started with email marketing to grow your small business. Register now.

June 9: Restarting and Thriving After COVID-19 and Beyond, presented by PwC. Register here.

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

June 10: Show Me The Money: Navigating Government Funding Programs. Register here.

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

June 10: Understanding Travel Insurance in the World of COVID-19 with Johnson Insurance. Register now.

June 11: Social Media Marketing: Finding Your Groove. Register now.

June 15: Getting found online - tools/tactics to help your website show up higher in search engines. Register now.

June 15: How to adapt your business to thrive in the new normal. Register now.

June 16: Google Ads – what you need to know to start driving traffic to your website. Register now.

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

June 22: Mental Health for HR Professionals. Register Now.

June 22: Take Control of Your Business: 3 Simple Tools to Help Your Business Survive and Thrive with Bradshaw & Associates. Register Now

June 24: How to Build an Effective Advertising Strategy. Register now.

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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