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Daily COVID-19 Update: June 19, 2020

Supports for Business

Applications For Expanded Canada Emergency Business Accounts (CEBA) Are NOT Available Today

Please note that the applications for the CEBA expansion, which the government had indicated would become available today, are in fact not available. The Finance Minister tweeted the news late Thursday, indicating the government is working to launch as quickly as possible. At the time of this writing, a new launch date has not been provided. 

Emergency Support Fund For Heritage Organizations: Museums Assistance Program

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) - COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations provides financial assistance to organizations, apply here. Not-for-profits, Indigenous and museums owned by municipalities or universities may be eligible. More information 

Supports for Individuals

New hazard allowance for Canadian Armed Forces members deployed on  COVID-19 frontlines

The Exceptional Hazard Allowance has been amended to compensate Canadian Armed Forces members who are deployed in COVID-19 risk environments. 

Eligible Canadian Armed Forces members deployed on Operation LASER, and the domestic portion of Operation GLOBE, who were/are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to their duties, will receive the allowance. The $78 per day allowance is retroactive to when they commenced their duties, and will be in effect until September 30, 2020. More information

Investing in the Future of Youth With Green Jobs in the Natural Resources Sectors

Today, government announced $15.8 million to create green jobs and training opportunities for Canadian youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the energy, forestry, mining, earth sciences and clean technology sectors. The funding is part of the $9-billion Government of Canada COVID-19 response for students announced by the Prime Minister on April 22, 2020. Organizations will provide 500 green job internships, ranging from six to 12 months in length, for youth to gain valuable on-the-job experience and explore careers in the natural resources sectors. Apply here

Community Supports and Resources

Infrastructure Grants to Municipalities

The Government of Alberta has awarded $200 million in grants to municipalities across the province to upgrade local bridges, roads and community airports and make improvements to water supply and treatment facilities. The additional grant funding will support about 1,800 jobs in communities across Alberta. About $50 million in additional STIP funding will go to municipalities across Alberta to support 69 projects and about 480 jobs. The program funds bridge improvements, upgrades to resource roads and community airports and other municipal initiatives.

Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund

The Community Foundation of Southeast Alberta was allocated just over $363,000 for the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund to support charities in need who are serving vulnerable populations across Southeast Alberta. The ECSF is an opportunity to make sure we are not leaving any Canadians behind during COVID-19. Many different types of projects are eligible for funding with a maximum ask of $40,000. Registered charities and other “qualified donees” can apply through community foundations for projects that:

  1. Address a well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  2. Serve one or more vulnerable groups such as seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans, newcomers, refugees, women, children and youth, LGBTQ2 people, Indigenous people and racialized people, such as Black Canadians and others.
  3. Will be completed before March 31, 2021.

The ECSF is being distributed to organizations through Community Foundations, United Ways and the Canadian Red Cross. Applicants can apply to more than one of these partners if the projects that you are applying for are different. For the applicant guide and to apply, please visit:

Covid-19 Response Fund For SE Alberta – Open

The COVID-19 response fund would not have been made possible without community supporters, donors, volunteers, the City of Medicine Hat, the Government of Alberta and proceeds from the Stay-at-Home Gala. Applications to this fund are open and will be reviewed on a weekly basis over the coming months to ensure funds can be distributed to agencies as soon as possible. Grants will be made based on alignment to a priority focus area (see below); services to vulnerable populations and to areas that have not received funding through private, corporate, provincial, or federal funding initiatives.


  • Food Security 
  • Shelter 
  • Healthcare (physical and mental health)

To apply: For more information or questions, contact Niki  

Ross Glen Towne Centre, Saamis Rotary Park Spray Parks Open June 2 and Additional City facilities reopening week of July 6

Effective Saturday, June 20, the spray parks in both the Ross Glen Towne Centre and Saamis Rotary Park will be operating for public use. The park washrooms at both locations will be open with safety protocols in place. The City will reopen select recreation facilities and arenas, with modified availability, beginning the week of July 6, including:

  • Hill Pool
  • Strathcona Pool
  • Family Leisure Centre (FLC) Cenovus Arena & South Country Co-Op Fitness Centre

The Family Leisure Centre will reopen in a staggered approach, with additional amenities tentative reopening staggered through the last three weeks of July, including:

  • Kinsmen Aquatic Park
  • Gymnasium
  • Field House

Park washrooms in high-traffic areas are also reopening this weekend while the City continues to review other amenities, including Crestwood Recreation Centre and Echo Dale swim lake.

Information about registering for swimming lessons, admission and bookings will be available on the City website prior to the reopening of the facilities. As a reminder, community parks, playground equipment, trail systems, court spaces, and campground facilities are available for your use and enjoyment.


National Food Services Working Group To Bolster Economic Recovery

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has launched the National Food Services Working Group to address the economic challenges of the food services industry. With approximately 98,000 foodservice establishments in Canada, the industry is integral to the economic vibrancy of communities. Co-chaired by David Lefebvre of Restaurants Canada and Steve Zmudczynski of Molson Coors Beverage Company, the Working Group is comprised of the presidents and CEOs of many of Canada’s best-known food service and restaurant brands. More information

New Resources

The Business Of Business: Demand Increase In Virtual Healthcare  

Learn about how TELUS Health has managed the increase in demand of its digital healthcare services since the pandemic and how Canadians have benefited in this episode of The Business of Business  with Juggy Sihota, Vice-President of Consumer Health at TELUS. Watch now

Managing Financial Stress With The Mental Health Commission Of Canada

The last few months have been a challenging situation for all of us. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious about finances right now, you’re not alone. The MHCC has some practical advice for you in its tip sheet, "Managing COVID-19 financial stress." Access the tip sheet


Recovery to Resiliency: How tourism operators can learn, grow and thrive post-pandemic

Hosted by Tourism HR Canada President and CEO Philip Mondor, this one-hour webinar will provide guidance, support, and practical tools to the 200,000 tourism operators across the country devastated by the impacts of COVID-19. With a focus on labour-related challenges and opportunities key to moving from recovery to renewed growth and innovation, this webinar will also serve as the formal launch of the free web-based Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit. The session will introduce participants to crucial features in the Toolkit as well as actionable advice on how to implement the content most relevant to their recovery needs.Wednesday, June 24 at 11 am MST. Register here. 

Travel Alberta Q&A with Alberta Health

As tourism businesses reopen under the guidance of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy, managing the health and safety of employees and visitors is on every business owner’s mind. If you have questions about how to apply the guidance on Alberta Biz Connect to your tourism business, join us for this one-hour Question & Answer session. Thursday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Register here. 

Return to Work Virtual Workshop

Learn how to bring back workers safely, by reducing mental, ergonomic and workplace harms, increasing resilience leading to reduced claims and more productive employees. Jun 23, 2020 09:00 AM. Register here

Profit from technology: Digital tools to drive efficiency and revenue

In this free, live webinar, BDC Advisory Services experts will explain how technology can help your company get back on track by making your operations more efficient, agile and profitable. You’ll discover:

  • How the right digital tools can help solve your operational pain points
  • Two foundational tech solutions to make your business leaner and more agile
  • An easy three-step method for selecting the best systems for your business
  • Stories of entrepreneurs whose tech investments are propelling their business forward
  • An update on the economic situation as the pandemic evolves
  • The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with our experts.

July 15, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. Register here.

How to Build an Effective Advertising Strategy, With Facebook

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. This webinar will take place on June 24 at 11:00 a.m. Register Here

CCC webinar: Take Control of Your Business

Join the Canadian Chamber for a free 1-hour webinar where business leaders will learn 3 simple and essential tools that will help them get more control of their business right now.

Bradshaw & Associates is an Alberta-based firm that supports entrepreneurial organizations, specifically their owners and leaders, 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

The last few months have been a challenging situation for all of us. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious about finances right now, you’re not alone. The MHCC has some practical advice for you in its tip sheet, "Managing COVID-19 financial stress." Access the tip sheet


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 #YXHhero


“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

– Christopher Reeve


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 Commercial Rent Assistance Program explained. 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.

Understanding Travel Insurance In The World Of COVID-19. 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 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 23: Return to Work Virtual Workshop. Register here.

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

June 24: Recovery to Resiliency: How tourism operators can learn, grow and thrive post-pandemic. Register here.

June 25: Travel Alberta Q&A with Alberta Health. Register here.

June 26: Grant Writing 101 webinar for business. Registration TBA.

June 29: Cyber-security Best Practices Workshop. Register now

July 15: Profit from technology: Digital tools to drive efficiency and revenue.  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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