DEADLINE IS JUNE 30TH FOR ALBERTA SME RELAUNCH GRANT
Organizations that had to close or curtail operations due to the pandemic, and experience a revenue reduction of at least 30 per cent, may be eligible for an additional $10,000 through the Government of Alberta’s Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. Apply by June 30

Visit alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant for details.
DEADLINE IS JUNE 30TH FOR CEBA LOANS
APPLICANTS HAVE UNTIL JUNE 30, 2021 TO APPLY FOR A $60,000 CEBA LOAN OR THE $20,000 EXPANSION

Eligible businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are able to access a second CEBA loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available to small businesses. All applicants have until June 30, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion. For further information visit ceba-cuec.ca.
RESULTS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SURVEY
Please find the results of the Economic Development survey conducted April 26 – May 31, 2021 below.  

Thank you to those that completed the survey – the input is greatly appreciated!

AHS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS FOR ALBERTA EMPLOYERS
As businesses and organizations across Alberta prepare to reopen their office spaces and invite employees who have worked from home to return to in-person environments, AHS has received many questions and requests for information about how to create both a physically and psychologically safe space.
 
Therefore, AHS is planning 2 Community Conversations for Alberta Employers:
 
 
To register, click on the date that works best for you. And please share this invitation with other business and organization leaders who may be interested in joining the conversation. Learn more at Together4Health
ALBERTA GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
Critical Worker Benefit
A second phase of the one time payment for critical workers has been expanded to help Albertans who provides critical services, are essential to the supply and movement of goods and have a potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their work environments. Please visit the Critical Worker Benefit website for further information and a complete list of the expanded occupations at https://www.alberta.ca/critical-worker-benefit.aspx
 
Alberta Jobs Now Program
The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses with job supports to get thousands of Albertans back to work. Employers can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans in new or vacant positions. The current intake period is now open through the Alberta Jobs Now Program Portal. If you are interested in hosting a presentation, please let me know and we can arrange a date.     

View the Alberta Jobs Now Program Fact Sheet or for further information, www.alberta.ca/jobsnow.         
 
Canada Alberta Job Grant
Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees and unemployed Albertans access training opportunities. Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of one-third of the total training costs for existing employees. Government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee per fiscal year. If hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee. For further information, please visit the Canada Alberta Job Grant website at https://www.alberta.ca/canada-alberta-job-grant.aspx.
 
Alberta Biz Connect
Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely. As businesses prepare to reopen as part of Alberta's relaunch strategy, resources are available to help keep you, your staff, and your customers safe. https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx
 
Trucking HR: Student Work Placement Subsidy
The student work placement program partners with employers, and post-secondary institutions to create and deliver work-learning opportunities for post-secondary students. Wage subsides of up to $7,500 are available to help employers bring on young talent and new hires. To learn more contact: theteam@truckinghr.com

For further information, an Information webinar is planned for Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 10am (MST), to register visit the Student Work Placement Subsidy 101 Session registration link.
 
Labour Market Information
Alberta’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7% in May 2021, a 0.3% decrease from the previous month and a 6.8 percentage points decrease from May 2020.  

Alberta Hiring information for the month of May 2021:
  • Hiring activity by Alberta employers in May 2021 showed some improvement compared to the previous month. Job postings rose by 5% in May 2021, reversing the 16% month-on-month contraction in April 2021.
  • New job postings in May 2021 rose by 1,201 to reach 24,371 from the previous month’s 23,170. At this level, job postings were still below the pre-COVID average of 26,260.
  • Labour Market Notes – Alberta labour market resilient
THE INNOVATION MASTERCLASS
The Innovation Masterclass is a comprehensive 8 week program designed to introduce innovative thinking to entrepreneurs of all ages through collaborative group sessions with other participants as well as provide valuable hands-on experience using the Exponential organizations model. Throughout this program, participants will learn from and interact with global thought and business leaders, gaining valuable experience in innovative thinking, idea development, business development, public speaking and leadership skills. Participants will also build upon their knowledge base to become highly capable individuals to represent and lead the business industry into the future.

Join us and APPLY TODAY!

There is only 1 spot available for the Wainwright region valued at $1200/spot so don't wait! Successful applicants will receive full sponsorship to participate in the program.

Apply for the program here TODAY: http://bit.ly/InnMastReg2021

Not sure if the Innovation Masterclass is for you? Join us for an Info Session June 30th at 7pm on Facebook Live. Please view the Facebook page for information.
INNOVATION RODEO
Wainwright Economic Development is part of the Eastern Alberta Regional Innovation Network (ECRIN). They have 15 full-week passes available to ECRIN partners for the 6th Annual Innovation Rodeo (virtual) from July 12-16, 2021.

The Innovation Rodeo is designed for entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders. Participants set out to tackle the most common problems encountered when starting and growing a business.

If you are interested in attending, please let me know as soon as possible as tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Free Student Tickets
If you know a student or a student who graduated within the last six months from high school, college, polytechnic or university, they can get free tickets to the five afternoons of panels and pitch competitions here - https://bit.ly/irodeo-2021
SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING
Wainwright & District is within the service area for this Self-Employment Training program. If interested, please contact Economic Development Officer Carley Herbert at 780.842.3381 or cherbert@wainwright.ca
LOCAL PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES
In order to assist local business in gaining information on business opportunities with local municipalities, Wainwright Garrison etc., the Wainwright Economic Development Office will periodically send out business opportunities featured on   merx.com  and  buyandsell.gc.ca  that pertain particularly to Wainwright and area.

These are systems used by the Government for procurement of goods and services over $25,000.

Click here for the list of   WAINWRIGHT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
ALBERTA 2030: EXPANDING APPRENTICESHIP EDUCATION
Alberta’s government is inviting post-secondary institutions and industry groups to collaborate and submit proposals for new certificate and diploma programs that provide a majority of education through paid on-the-job mentorship. Approved program proposals will qualify for grant funding to support program design and implementation.

Post-secondary institutions and industry groups have been asked to establish partnerships and submit new program proposals by Oct. 31.
Students will have access to these new programs by the end of 2022.

Further information can be found HERE
ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROGRAMS
BUSINESSES RESOURCES
VISIT alberta.ca/COVID19 for up-to-date COVID-19 information
While every effort is made to ensure the currency, accuracy and completeness of the information provided, The Town of Wainwright (Wainwright Economic Development) is not liable for any loss, claim or demand arising directly or indirectly from any use or reliance upon the information provided.