ACC COVID-19 weekly update
February 18, 2021
Network news
CANCELLED: Federal budget consultation with Minister Carr (February 19)

Unfortunately, Minister Jim Carr is unable to meet tomorrow as originally planned. ACC staff are working to pass along our network's federal budget recommendations. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Network meeting with ADM Michele Evans

Michele Evans, Assistant Deputy Minister of Workforce Strategies, will meet with our network to discuss the Critical Worker Benefit. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 23 at 11 a.m., immediately following our regular weekly meeting with chamber staff and board members.

Save the date: Budget event with Minister Toews

We will be hosting a budget event for chamber staff and board members with Finance Minister Travis Toews on Tuesday, March 2 at 9 a.m. Details to follow!

Businesses "in the dark" about restrictions, reopening

"We have always advised—and will continue to advise—business operators to follow the direction of the Alberta Government and Chief Medical Officer of Health," says Kobly. "However, these data show business operators are really in the dark about the reasons behind this direction. There's been a clear breakdown of communication."

Premier Kenney and Minister Savage letters

The ACC sent letters to Premier Jason Kenney and Minister Sonya Savage thanking them for meeting with our network and outlining relevant policy updates.
Government of Alberta news
Additional COVID-19 support for Alberta small business

Under the new Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit, up to $30,000 in support will soon be available to small and medium-sized businesses that have been most affected by the pandemic and ongoing health restrictions.

This additional $10,000 payment can be used to offset costs associated with COVID-19, like purchasing personal protective equipment, paying bills or hiring staff.
Government of Canada news
Government of Canada expands restrictions to international travel by land and air

For travellers arriving to Canada by land, as of February 15, 2021, all travellers, with some exceptions, will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours of pre-arrival, or a positive test taken 14 to 90 days prior to arrival. In addition, as of February 22, 2021, travellers entering Canada at the land border will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival as well as toward the end of their 14-day quarantine.

Canada negotiates accelerated delivery schedule for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine

The Government of Canada announced that Canada has negotiated an accelerated delivery schedule for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, and will receive all 40 million of its secured doses from Pfizer-BioNTech by the end of September.
To keep these bulletins focused on new developments, we have moved key COVID-19 resources to our website. This list is updated as new information becomes available.

On behalf of all of the ACC executive and staff, thank you for all that you do. We wish you and yours good health.
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