ACC COVID-19 daily update
May 14, 2020
What's new
ACC relaunch pulse survey

Our COVID-19 phase one relaunch pulse survey went live this morning and we are asking our network to share the survey and encourage Alberta businesses to participate. The survey is open online until Friday, May 22. To share, please copy and paste the link below rather than copying and pasting your unique browser URL.


Alberta is ready for relaunch

Yesterday the provincial government announced that with enhanced testing capacity and contact tracing ability, along with a rapid response plan in place in the event of possible outbreaks, the province is ready to take the first incremental steps to reopen some businesses and services. Calgary and Brooks will see a slightly more gradual reopening, taking into account higher case numbers in these two communities, to balance public safety with the need to get businesses open and services restored for Albertans.

Government of Alberta red tape form

Is red tape affecting your ability to reopen your business? Fill out the Government of Alberta form to tell the government how it can better support your business through the relaunch transition.

Farm Credit Canada-backed fund offers innovative and flexible solutions for uncertain times

The federal government, on behalf of Farm Credit Canada (FCC), today announced the launch of a $100-million Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Re-opening and recovery of New Brunswick guide

Guide prepared by the Fredericton, Saint John Region, and Greater Moncton chambers of commerce.

Liquidity and cost deferrals provide easy options for government to help the energy sector: Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, Aaron Henry, issued a statement today regarding survey results of energy sector businesses amid COVID-19.

CCC Teleconference: The impact of COVID-19 on the travel and tourism industry

The travel, tourism and hospitality sector was among the first to feel the impact of COVID-19, but it will take the longest to recover. While the federal government’s business supports are appreciated, consumer confidence will be the key to economic recovery in the long term. Join the CCC on Wednesday, May 20 at 12 p.m. MT to discuss the issues facing the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. This will be an opportunity to share feedback and concerns on policy developments in this sector. Email lcheng@chamber.ca to register.

Canadian industry responds to COVID-19 related supply shortages with Rapid Response Platform ( Cision )

As Canadians return to work, there is an increasing need to ensure employees have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and other products to keep them safe from COVID-19 infection. Sourcing masks, hand sanitizers and gowns is often challenging. To help address this problem, Canadian industry players contributed to the creation of  www.RRPCANADA.org .

Neuman Thompson webinar: Relaunching Your Business

Please join Neuman Thompson lawyers Stefan Pahulje and Monica Bokenfohr on Thursday, May 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. as they take you through issues employers face as they relaunch their business and assess their workforce needs. Register online (optional $25 donation with all proceeds to be donated to the Mustard Seed).
In an effort to keep these bulletins focused on new daily developments, we have moved key COVID-19 resources to our website . This list is updated daily as new information becomes available.

If you have permission to share experiences from your members on navigating the new federal support programs, especially challenges or gaps businesses have found, please email hclifford@abchamber.ca. The ACC will use these stories to inform our feedback and advocacy on behalf of Alberta's business community.

On behalf of all of the ACC executive and staff, we thank you for all that you do. Please know we are here for you and wish you and yours good health and a timely end to the current situation. Please contact office@abchamber.ca with any questions or concerns.
The Alberta Chambers of Commerce is a federation of 124 community-based chambers of commerce representing more than 25,000 job creators.

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