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As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges or be worrying about the weeks to come in light of the actions taken by our Government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’ve gathered current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.  

We will continue to update this page with new information and additional resources as they become available.

Resources for Small Business Owners

Business Support

Trade Commissioner – Resources for Canadian Businesses | Contains relevant and important information for businesses navigating challenges and uncertainty in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Pandemic Preparedness for Business | Canadian Chamber of Commerce

COVID-19: Tips for Small Businesses | Helpful tips as you navigate these changes and work to continue to manage your business and serve your customers. 

Alberta Employment Standards Rules | Laws for minimum wage, overtime, holidays, job-protected leaves, vacations, hours of work, earnings, youth workers and termination.

COVID-19 Preparedness | Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Emergency Preparedness | Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Coronavirus and Small Business: Keeping You and Your Employees Safe | Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

EDC stands ready to support Canadian exporters impacted by COVID-19 | Export Development Canada

Creating an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) | Helpful tips & template

Resources for Business Leaders | Punchcard Systems

COVID-19 in Edmonton | Taproot

Financial Support

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses | Government of Canada

Financial Assistance for Albertans | Government of Alberta

Employment Insurance (EI) and Sickness Benefits | The one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits will be waived for new claimants who are quarantined so they can be paid for the first week of their claim.

Emergency Isolation Support | Government of Alberta

COVID-19 and Business Insurance: How Coverage is Triggered | Insurance Bureau of Canada

Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 | BDC

Free Credit Counselling, Budgeting Help & Debt Consolidation Options | Credit Counselling Society

Facebook Small Business Grants Program | Facebook


Alberta Critical Infrastructure Strategic Impact Survey | Government of Alberta

Alberta Business Survey, COVID-19 Impacts | Economic Developers Alberta (EDA)

Survey of Impacts of COVID-19 on Underrepresented Founders | Startup Canada

News & Media Releases

March 27, 2020 – Prime Minister announces support for small businesses facing impacts of COVID‑19

March 27, 2020 – Government boosts wage subsidy to 75% for small, medium businesses to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis | CBC News

March 25, 2020 – Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses | Government of Canada

March 18, 2020 – Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

March 18, 2020 – Relief for Canadian entrepreneurs | BDC

March 13, 2020 – Canada outlines measures to support the economy and the financial sector | Government of Canada

March 2020 – What does the coronavirus mean for your business? | Monthly Economic Letter, BDC

General Information

COVID-19 | Alberta Health Services

Online Self-Assessment

COVID-19 | Government of Alberta

COVID-19 | Government of Canada

COVID-19 Q&A | World Health Organization

Mental Health Resources

The Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 | available 24/7 to provide advice and referrals to community supports near you.

Crisis Services Canada

Find Your Canadian Mental Health Association | CMHA

Mental health and coping with COVID-19 | CDC

Talking with children about COVID-19 | CDC

Help in Tough Times |AHS

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty | American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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As always, we are dedicated to continuing to support entrepreneurs in Alberta and will proceed with scheduling blogs, conducting webinars and online programming, remote Ask an Expert Sessions, and providing one-on-one advice and support via email, phone, or Live Chat.

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