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Daily COVID-19 Update: June 15, 2020

Supports for Business

Applications For Expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Available Starting Friday

Today the government announced that beginning on Friday, businesses will be able to apply for the CEBA under the expanded criteria to allow more businesses to qualify. The CEBA is available through your primary financial institution. 

To qualify under the expanded eligibility rules, CEBA applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 will need: 

  • A business operating account at a participating financial institution;
  • A Canada Revenue Agency business number;
  • A 2018 or 2019 tax return; and  
  • Eligible non-deferrable expenses of between $40,000 and $1.5 million.

Supports for Individuals

Work Integrated Learning Opportunities

Riipen has partnered with the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) to deliver 12,000 new work-integrated learning experiences across Canada by March 2022. Young Canadians face many difficulties as they transition from school to work and these have only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. Riipen and BHER will help alleviate these difficulties by increasing access to work-integrated learning among students, regions and employers. More information

Community Supports and Resources

Canada’s Ongoing Humanitarian Efforts in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, the government announced that in response to a request from the United Nations (UN), the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will provide airlift support to transport urgently needed medical and humanitarian supplies. The CAF will transport these supplies to and from distribution hubs in Africa, Europe and the Middle East on behalf of the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization. As needs continue to evolve, the CAF will be flexible in its response. More information

Motor vehicle services unavailable June 19-22

The Motor Vehicles System (MOVES) that tracks all driver and vehicle information in the province is being updated to continue serving Albertans. To complete the update, the system must shut down for four days. The system will be unavailable from June 18 at 9 p.m. through June 22. The system will be back in operation by 8 a.m. June 23. More information

During the shutdown, Albertans will be unable to access all motor vehicle services, including:

  • Knowledge tests, road tests and road test bookings
  • Vehicle registrations and renewals
  • Driver’s licence suspension reinstatements
  • Driver’s licence and ID card services (including new applications, renewals, temporary licences, exchanges, duplicates and reclassifications)
  • Driver’s abstracts, searches, in-transit permits, etc.


Perrin Beatty, Stephen Poloz And Paul Wells Appointed To Advisory Council At The Ivey Business School’s Public Policy Centre 

Today’s public policy debates must focus on ways to enhance national competitiveness to accelerate Canada's path to economic recovery and achieve its long-term socio-economic development goals. Driven by their collective wealth of experience leading and analyzing productive and collaborative relationships between the public and private sectors, Beatty, Poloz and Wells will enhance the Ivey Lawrence Centre’s goal of advancing research designed to inform the policies that amplify Canada’s competitiveness. More information

Canadian Chamber Welcomes WTO Ottawa Group Progress And Calls For Action On Distortive Industrial Subsidies

Canada’s economic recovery after COVID-19 relies on participation in global supply chains. This includes sourcing critical products for consumers and being able to export abroad. Core to achieving these objectives is the World Trade Organization. We welcome the federal government's continued efforts to use the Ottawa Group as a platform for like-minded countries to make progress at the WTO. That said, as they set their priorities, tackling trade-distorting subsidies must be top of mind. Read the press release

An Entrepreneur’s Perspective With Susanna Cluff-Clyburne And John Lagimodiere 

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 John Lagimodiere. John is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is the CEO of Aboriginal Consulting Services, the Publisher of Eagle Feather News and the Chair of our Indigenous Affairs Committee. Watch now

New Resources

Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

COVID-19 has caused an increase in cyber threats, which is why our EBS partner CIRA is now offering free enterprise-grade protection for all Canadians to protect themselves from malware and phishing attacks through its Canadian Shield program. More information


Webinar | Take Control Of Your Business, With Sysential

Join us on June 22 at 11:30 p.m. MST to learn about three simple and 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 here

TECHNATION’s SME Cybersecurity Best Practices Workshop | June 29, 11:00-1:00 p.m. MST

With the COVID-19 crisis, SMEs have been struggling to address their ongoing cyber concerns. The upcoming workshop with TECHNATION will support SME leaders in cybersecurity decision-making, both during and after the crisis. Register now

Edmonton Chamber Webinar: Alberta Relaunch

This Thursday, June 18, subject matter specialists will provide their insights into how to adapt and respond to changing business conditions under COVID-19 restrictions.  Please register online by Wednesday June 17 at 4 p.m.


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.


“Change is our chance to experience the new, to identify additional options and generate different opportunities.” Barbara Lucas


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.

Cybersecurity And The Ever-Evolving Work Environment, With Field Effect. Watch Now.

Destination Canada: The Visitor Economy: Watch Now.

BDC Economic Pulse (April 20): Watch Now.

Facebook: Build Your Online Presence. Watch now

Facebook: Getting Creative with your Mobile Phone, With Facebook. 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 16: Google Ads – what you need to know to start driving traffic to your website. Register now.

June 16: Maintaining Mental Fitness - Mental Hydration. Register here.

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

June 17: Physical return to work: Practical realities and transformative opportunities. Register now.

June 17: Canada's Return to the New Workplace. Register here.

June 18: Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association - Workplace Reboot 2.0. Register here.

June 18: Facebook and Instagram for Tourism Businesses: Building a Strong Foundation. Register here.

June 18: Edmonton Chamber Webinar: Alberta Relaunch. 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 22: Employee Mental Health During COVID-19. Register here 

June 23: Building a resilient workforce to thrive in the next normal. Register here.

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

June 29: Cyber-security Best Practices Workshop. 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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