New Restrictions throughout Alberta

The Government of Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency and introduced new measures to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 cases.
 
New measures include:
  • Three categories of business and service restrictions starting November 27: closed for in-person business, open with restrictions, and open by appointment only
  • Mandatory mask requirement for indoor workplaces in Edmonton, Calgary, and surrounding areas
  • No indoor social gatherings
  • Outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people
  • Grades 7-12 will move to at-home learning on November 30, 2020
  • All students will return to at-home learning after the winter break and resume in-person learning on January 11, 2021.
 
Not following mandatory restrictions could result in fines of $1,000 per ticketed offence and up to $100,000 through the courts.

Visit Alberta BizConnect for guidance documents.
Questions about the new restrictions should be directed to BizConnect using this form.

Alberta to launch rapid testing for COVID-19
 
Alberta will soon begin piloting point-of-care rapid testing for COVID-19, providing faster, more convenient testing for the disease. 

Support for Your Business

The Government of Canada is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Be sure to review the information on a second payment of Alberta Relaunch Funding, updated Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, and extension of Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. City of Airdrie Government Program for Businesses webpage.

Alberta’s Government is Providing More Financial Support
In light of additional temporary health measures announced, the Government of Alberta is ensuring affected small and medium-sized businesses receive additional support through the opportunity to apply for a second payment from the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant.

This second payment will be available to businesses operating in areas on the provincial watch list where new health restrictions – like the temporary closure of indoor group fitness classes and team sports – have been implemented.

Additionally, job creators that have experienced a 40 per cent revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic will qualify for the grant, lowering the threshold from the existing 50 per cent revenue loss requirement. This 40 per cent threshold will be available to impacted businesses retroactive to March.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy - The new rent subsidy supports businesses, charities and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop by providing support up to a maximum of 65% of eligible expenses. Qualifying organizations that are under a lockdown or have significantly limited activities under a public health order will have access to lockdown support, a top-up subsidy of 25%, meaning they could receive rent or property expenses support of up to 90%. 
 
Applicants can claim the subsidy retroactively for the period that began on September 27 and ended on October 24, 2020. 
 
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will host a series of interactive question and answer sessions for eligible organizations. If you are interested in participating, click here to register. Space is limited.
Chamber Christmas Celebration
We can still celebrate the holidays together! Turn on your cameras so we can see your smiling faces during our annual Chamber Christmas Celebration. Michelle Cederberg is a world class speaker that will inspire you throughout these challenging times. Plus, there will be prize giveaways and season's greetings throughout the event!

This is a Pay-What-You-Can event.  Minimum $10 Ticket Price 
25% of ticket sales going to Airdrie & District Victim's Assistance Society.
Wear It Proud Chamber Grant
Apply Today!
The Airdrie Chamber continues to promote our "Wear It Proud" Heart Airdrie toque campaign in support of local business. 50% of proceeds from the toque sales will be granted back to Airdrie Chamber members in January 2021.

Be sure to apply for this exclusive Airdrie Chamber grant today. Please note that the grant application deadline is Friday, December 18th.
Put Your $ Where Your Heart Is
Winners Announced!
Thank you Airdrie Economic Development for inviting the Airdrie Chamber to partner in the "Put Your $ Where Your Heart Is" shop local campaign! Congrats to the grand prize winners and thank you to all the amazing businesses who promoted this community initiative.
Let's Get Lit Airdrie!
How to Get Involved?

  • There are two categories, one for residences and one for businesses.
  • You must register to be entered into the prize draws.
  • All registrants will be emailed a printable sign (pdf), that can be printed off and displayed at their location, showcasing their participation in the WE GOT LIT! campaign.
  • On November 15th, start posting your light displays to our Social Media platforms (Facebook - Twitter - Instagram)! You must tag the Airdrie Festival of Lights, the Airdrie Chamber of Commerce and Airdrie Parades with the hashtags #ShareTheGlow and #Airdrie. These posts will each result in an extra entry into the draws!
  • Registration closes December 15th at midnight
  • Contest ends December 31st at 9:00 pm.
  • Winners will be announced by January 4th, 2021
Local Business Support Program
Online Webinars
Hospitality & Alcohol Industry Survival & Competitiveness through COVID-19

Date: November 30th

Click here for more info & to register.
Successfully Managing Your Workplace during a Global Pandemic

Date: December 1st

Click here for more info & to register.
A Conversation With Minister Seamus O'Regan

Date: December 4th

Click here for more info & to register.
A Conversation With Premier Jason Kenney

Date: December 7th

Click here for more info & to register.
The Role of Foreign Investment in Canada's Economic Recovery

Date: December 7th

Click here for more info & to register.
Meet Our New Members!
Advantage Garage Door
(403) 888-3911
Basecamp Holdings
(587) 435-5100
Color Me Mine
(403) 980-4386
Duff Cattle Co. Ltd.
Duff Cattle Company Ltd
(403) 991-7064
Dream
(403) 209-4189
Human Kanvas Inc.
(403) 980-9845
JMV Inc.
(587) 224-2251
Par Auto Parts (Airdrie) Ltd.
(403) 804-1353
Pauls Pizza
(403) 948-9888
Rocky View Aerials & Ground Visuals
(587) 586-6848
Sandstone Pharmacy Airdrie
(403) 912-7999
Starduster Mobile Welding
(403) 200-0619
TL RED SALON
(587) 254-6619
University of Lethbridge - Calgary Campus
(403) 332-4691
Your Chamber In Motion
The Airdrie Chamber was busy catching up with new members as well as celebrating a grand re-opening over the last month. Here are just a few of our member visits that we had the pleasure to have.

Please note that member visits are on hold until further notice. We hope to visit many of you again in person in 2021!
New Member Spotlight
Hipot Alberta Inc. is a workplace safety support company established in Airdrie in 2018. With over 20 years of industry experience, the founder and the team of professionals are poised to provide services to the Airdrie Business Community, Alberta and Canada in the area of workplace safety, occupational health, process safety and environmental management consulting, training, on-site safety support and implementation of safety protocols/processes.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, they have been assisting businesses prepare and develop a COVID-19 safety prevention action plan to proactively prevent a COVID-19 incident among employees and visitors to the workplace.
Their other range of services includes, but is not limited to, facility safety inspection and a comprehensive risk assessment. They help businesses to develop and implement safety processes and training about work activities in maintenance of equipment, hazard prevention program on work tasks involving, bypassing of safety-critical protections, working at heights, confined space entry, excavation and shoring, isolation of hazardous energy, and a host of other safety processes to keep all employees safe, preserve the company safety reputation and most importantly run a business without serious injuries and fatality.
Injuries and Incidents are undesirable events in any organization. Part II of the Canada Labour Code requires that employers investigate employee complaints, including refusal to work and accidents and injuries in the workplace. Hipot Alberta Inc. has well-trained and vastly experienced professionals to investigate the root cause(s) of any injury or incident(s) and develop an actionable recommendation to learn from and prevent a reoccurrence.
For more of their services, please visit www.hipot.org or send them an email info@hipot.org.
We Are the Heart of Airdrie
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"We Are the Heart of Airdrie" Video
Airdrie Chamber of Commerce
102, 150 Edwards Way NW
Airdrie, AB T4B 4B9
403. 948.4412