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Weekly Update: August 21-27, 2020 Supports for Business August extension for CECRA for small businesses is now available The August extension is based on the existing program parameters for the April, May and June period. No new documents are needed to opt-in.  Not all tenants in the original application need to be included in the…

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Hannah Dupuis – Policy and Communications Co-op Student at the Chamber When people asked me in my first year of university what job I wanted when I graduated, my response was usually to shrug, laugh and say something like, “One that pays!” I chose to work towards two degrees instead of one in the hopes…

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Weekly Update: August 14 – 20 Supports for Business Changes to temporary layoffs, group termination and variances took effect August 15 Government of Alberta has passed the Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, which includes changes to employment standards rules that are intended to save employers time and money. Changes to temporary layoffs, group termination…

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Weekly Update: August 7-13, 2020 Supports for Business Government To Provide Additional Funding To Ensure Continued Air Access To Remote Communities The Government of Canada has announced that it is seeking bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to ensure continuity of essential transportation services to remote communities for at least six months and will establish…

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Weekly Update: July 13-16, 2020 Supports for Business Federal Government To Provide $19 Billion To Provinces And Territories The federal, provincial and territorial governments have reached an agreement in which the federal government will provide over $19 billion in funding to help the country’s economic recovery. The funding will target seven key areas:  Testing, contact…

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Daily Update: July 10, 2020 Supports for Business Emergency Funding for COVID-19 Safety Measures in Forest Operations The government announced intent to provide up to $30 million to offset additional costs associated with COVID-19 safety measures for small and medium enterprises in the forest sector, including tree-planting operations. More specifically, today’s investment will help cover…

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Daily Update: July 9, 2020 Supports for Business New 10 Year Grant to the Petrochemical sector The Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program, part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, will bring multi-billion dollar investments to petrochemical projects throughout Alberta, helping to strengthen and diversify the province’s economy and create new jobs for Albertans. Key features include: A 10-year…

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Daily Update: July 8, 2020 Supports for Business COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Impact on Business Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) As of July 3, 688,000 applicants have been approved for CEBA for a total of $27.41 billion in funds disbursed, including $7 billion of which is forgivable if the loan is paid back before December…

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Daily Update: July 7, 2020 Supports for Business Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act Bill 32 will provide employees and employers with clearer and more transparent rules promoting fairness and productivity, including more clarity about rest periods and temporary layoff notices.To help inform these proposed changes, 5,421 responses were received during an online public survey…

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Daily Update: July 6, 2020 Supports for Business Bank Of Canada Releases Business Outlook Survey—Summer 2020 This morning the Bank of Canada released its quarterly summary. Results from the summer Business Outlook Survey suggest that business sentiment is strongly negative in all regions and sectors due to impacts from the COVID 19 pandemic and the…

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