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Weekly Update: October 23 – 29, 2020

Supports for Business

Businesses Using A Personal Banking Account Can Now Apply For CEBA

As first announced by Prime Minister Trudeau at our AGM & Convention on Monday, businesses that use personal bank accounts to operate may now apply for a CEBA loan. Contact your primary financial institution to apply. More information.

$50 million in funding announced from the TIER system

The TIER fund helps industrial facilities find innovative ways to reduce their emissions and invest in clean technology and the fund is being reinvested into programs that will bring investment to Alberta and continue to build on Alberta’s strong record on environmental, social and corporate governance. Clean energy technology projects already submitted through Alberta Innovates’ ongoing funding application process may be considered for the TIER funding. New project applications can also be submitted to the Alberta Innovates Application Portal until Nov. 30 to be reviewed for the first intake of TIER funding. To be eligible for the funding, projects must meet the requirements of TIER and be shovel-ready. Learn more from the announcement.

Launch of two new immigration streams

Starting Oct. 26, recent international graduates from Alberta’s universities and colleges can apply to the new International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream to launch business ventures and startups in Alberta. In January, Alberta will also launch the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream to attract talented international graduates from top U.S. universities and colleges to start businesses and settle in Alberta communities.

In addition, as of Nov. 1, dozens of additional occupational categories will be added to the “refusal to process list,” removing the vast majority of occupations from the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. The changes do not impact 27 occupations in the following sectors: Agriculture; Caregiver; Technology; Emergency response. Read more.

Alberta lifts curtailment as of December 2020

Alberta’s government will stop setting monthly oil production limits to allow producers to utilize available pipeline capacity. While the government will extend its regulatory authority to curtail oil production through December 2021, it will not set production limits due to 16 percent of Alberta’s crude oil production remaining offline, down from 22 percent at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time the Government of Alberta does not plan to resume production limits. More information.

Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster

The Digital Technology Supercluster has made $10.7 million in follow-on investments to five projects under its COVID-19 stream. The COVID-19 program was created at the beginning of the pandemic to invest in digital solutions that protect the Canadian economy as well as public health. The federal government decided in March to refocus some of the superclusters to help in the fight against the pandemic. More information.

Temporary Foreign Workers Program Consultation

The government of Canada has begun consultations with provinces and territories, employers, workers, worker support groups, and other interested parties on a proposal to establish minimum requirements for employer-provided accommodations for the TFW Program across Canada. As a first step, the Government of Canada is seeking input until December 22, 2020 on proposed accommodation requirements in the TFW Program’s primary agriculture stream. The Government is also seeking feedback on potential approaches to strengthen oversight of worker accommodations, both prior to and after workers’ arrivals. More information.

Alberta Central Big Future Innovation Grant Awarding Two Businesses $20,000

Alberta Central, alongside member credit unions, knows the value of small businesses. That’s why they created the Big Future Innovation Grant. We’re awarding two Alberta-based businesses $20,000 each to propel innovation, power growth and scale up their business. Applications are open until December 9. The first 100 applications received will be accepted and reviewed by a judging panel, who not only know all about innovation and growth but also value the success of our small businesses here in Alberta. Apply online.

Canada Life Business Boost Program To Give 12 Small Businesses Across Canada A One-Time Grant Of $10,000

Recognizing that small businesses are facing adversity during COVID-19 and that many are facing significant challenges and struggling to keep their doors open, this week, Canada Life announced its Business Boost program to provide small businesses with financial support that could help make all the difference. Canada Life is offering 12, one-time grants of $10,000. Applications are due November 12. More information.

$750-Million Fund for Oil and Gas Companies to Reduce Methane Emissions

The Government of Canada launched the $750-million Emissions Reduction Fund to reduce methane and GHG emissions. This fund provides primarily repayable funding to eligible onshore and offshore oil and gas firms to support their investments to reduce GHG emissions by adopting greener technologies and help maintain jobs in a time of economic hardship and uncertainty. More information.

Supports for Individuals

Suicide prevention supports in Medicine Hat

Alberta’s government is supporting suicide prevention and mental health programs in Medicine Hat. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Alberta Southeast Division is receiving more than $220,000 from the Alberta government to support timely access to quality suicide prevention information, awareness and training programs. More information.

New childcare legislation introduced

Alberta’s government is proposing new legislation and regulation in regard to child care operators. Led by Minister Tracy Allard, the first broad consultation in more than a decade solicited feedback from parents and caregivers, early childhood educators, child care operators and directors, and licensing staff, into legislation and regulations. More information.

Community Supports and Resources

New Rapid Housing Initiative

The new Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) announced on October 27th invests $1 billion to create up to 3,000 new permanent, affordable housing units across the country. There will be $500 million in immediate support for pre-determined municipalities and $500 million for projects based on applications from provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous governing bodies and organizations, and non-profit organizations. Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2020. Find out more here.

New symptoms list for Albertans under the age of 18

Effective Nov. 2, Alberta is removing runny nose and sore throat from the list of core symptoms requiring mandatory isolation for those under the age of 18. This includes the daily checklist used for school and child care settings. This change is only for those with no known exposure. If a child is a close contact or known to have been exposed in the previous 14 days and develops symptoms, testing is recommended and the child would still need to isolate. Find more information in the Situation Update.


Canadian Chamber's AGM & Conference 2020

Over 900 delegates from across the country gathered virtually for the annual Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM and Policy Convention on October 26 and 27. One of the important messages of the conference was that of collaboration – whether between levels of governments, between businesses between chambers. The pandemic has made us all work more closely together to achieve results on behalf of businesses, large and small, across Canada.

During our annual general meeting, the Canadian Chamber shared some of these achievements with the year-in-review video.

Chief Economist Trevin Stratton: “The Long Road Ahead: Canada Must Recoup 100,000 New Businesses To Fully Recover”

The economic numbers that were released this week demonstrated that Canada is facing a prolonged K-shaped recovery. Our economy did not contract as much as expected during the first wave of COVID-19 but, with the second wave in full effect, our economic recovery will take much longer than initially anticipated, particularly for the hardest hit sectors. Read more and watch on Prime Time Politics.

New Resources

Holiday Resources for Retailers

Tips and tools for retailers featuring new ideas and resources for retailers rethinking their holiday 2020 planning and marketing approaches. View the resources here.

International Banking Rules

If your company needs international banking resources and publications, you can access them through the International Chamber of Commerce in e-format (eBook or ePub).

Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force

The Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Task Force was launched to assist the work of local, provincial and federal governments, and industry as they tackle the economic challenges faced due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. See the report.

Featured Webinars

November 2nd

Financial Wellness And Resiliency In The Age Of COVID-19 | Register here.

November 3rd

Executive Eastern Summit Series with Right Hon. Paul Martin | Register here.

Foundations of Human Resources course series offered by Medicine Hat College in partnership with Mount Royal University, starts Nov 3. Click HERE

November 4th

Learn More About the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers (TWS) | Register here.

November 5th

Innovation Forum 2.0: Medicine Hat-made innovative ideas to support the social sector and improve the process for getting help to those in need | Register here for in person or here for online.

2020 Job Connector Virtual Event: How to Get Hired! | Register here.

Alberta’s Opportunities for Winter/Shoulder Season Development | Register here.

November 9th

Preparing For Smart And Sustainable Growth To Benefit Canadian Businesses (Port of Vancouver) | Register here.

November 12th

The Role Of Technology For Business Transformation In A Post-Covid Economy | Register here.

November 19th

Searching for Purpose & Engagement in Challenging Times | Register here.

Employee Engagement | Register here.

November 24th

Executive Western Summit Series with Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos | Register here

Grant Writing 101 - A Live Interactive Webinar | Register here.

December 17th

Resilience in the Workplace | Register here.

Webinar Series Webinar Series | View Resources here and upcoming sessions below:

  • Building Strategic Community Partnerships
    Tuesday, November 10 – 12:00 PM MT
    Register Now
  • Adapting to New Market Realities:
    Products, Pricing, Placement, Positioning

    Tuesday, November 24 – 12:00 PM MT
    Register Now
  • Workforce Power Session
    Wednesday, December 9 – 12:00 PM MT
    Register Now

Board Leadership Calgary 2020 Virtual Learning Event

  • Board Governance Basics - Introduction to the Essentials of Effective Partnerships
    Saturday, November 7 - 10:00 AM
    Register Here
  • Funding and Financial Management - Cash Flow Management in Times of Uncertainty
    Friday, November 27 - 12:00 PM
    Register Here
  • People / Human Work - Anti-Racism and Equity for Everyone
    Friday, December 11 - 12:00 PM
    Register Here

Recorded Webinar

Exit Planning for Alberta Business Owners

Hazard Assessment and Control

COVID-19 Infection Control for your Business

Profit from Technology: Digital Tools to Drive Efficiency and Revenue

Upcoming Webinars
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