AC Free Virtual Event
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced employers and employees to adjust to new working environments, either at home or some other modified workplace. Premiers across Canada have now announced some sort of plan or framework - and many have re-opened in efforts to boost the economy. While there is light at the end of the tunnel, there won't be an immediate return to the "normal" Canadians used to know; the return will need to be careful and methodical. 

Join us for a FREE webinar and discussion on what business will have to consider when restrictions are lifted to continue to protect employees and serve consumers adequately. Registration is open to all business.   
Local Business Support
Right for Business Support Program

The Right for Business Support Program pilot will run May 21 to August 21, 2020. This program is intended to provide Airdrie businesses with access to critical advisors and business service professionals to help them remain resilient through the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Business Resources
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
Now Open for Applications
 
Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that applications are now being accepted for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses.
 
Over the course of the program, property owners will reduce rent by at least 75% for the months of April and May (retroactive), and June, for their small business tenants. CECRA will cover 50 per cent of the rent, with the tenant paying up to 25 per cent and the property owner forgiving at least 25%.
New Tool Available for Commercial Rent Feedback
 
Tenants and landlords can fill out a survey via alberta.ca to help gauge any challenges they may be experiencing while working together to develop a payment schedule, paying their rent, or meeting other financial obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Introducing the Business Resilience Service Hotline 
 
The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows small- to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profits and charities to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support them and their recovery.
The program, delivered free of charge, provides:
  • Guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility
  • Direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations
  • Help to make decisions to support recovery plans
  • Real time insights and feedback to policymakers
Regional Rural Relief
Funding Program 

Click here for an important press release from Community Futures West in regards to the Regional Rural Relief Funding Program for rural businesses that fall within the catchment area.

For more information and to apply for rural funding visit: www.centrewest.albertacf.com
Contact: Patti-Jay Powell @ 403-389-8272 ppowell@albertacf.com

COVID-19 Community Information
Deadline for Income Tax Approaching
The deadline to submit provincial and federal personal income taxes is next Monday, June 1, with the payment deadline September 1 . CERB and CESB is considered taxable income. While that income will not be reported on this years taxes, be prepared for 2021.


Alberta Child Care Lookup
 
Parents can find information about licensed child care programs and contracted family day home agencies with the Child Care Lookup tool. This tool provides information about the location, ages of children served, number of children that can be served in the program, the program’s status and recent inspection results. . Use the Government of Alberta's online tool to access information about local child care options.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit Now Open
Students and recent graduates can now apply for the CESB program. The benefit provides $1,250 for each four-week period or $2,000 for each four-week period if you have dependants or a disability. If you have already applied, or are receiving support from the CERB or EI, you are not eligible to apply for the CESB.  Apply here.
Building Psychological Health in the Wake of COVID-19
Taking care of our families, employees and ourselves is hugely important during these challenging times. The Psychologists Association of Alberta has some great information to help us cope through a pandemic Click here to access this important information .

For local services contact: www.airdriecounsellingcentre.com  
Advocacy in Action
  Changes to Canada Emergency Business Account

The Federal government's expansion of CEBA addresses our concerns that eligibility for CEBA should not discriminate against different business structures, such as entrepreneurs receiving income directly from their firms and businesses that rely on contract employees and pay staff through dividends.
To qualify under the expanded eligibility criteria, applicants with payroll lower than $20,000 would need:
  • a business operating account at a participating financial institution
  • a Canada Revenue Agency business number, and to have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.
  • eligible non-deferrable expenses between $40,000 and $1.5 million. Eligible non-deferrable expenses could include costs such as rent, property taxes, utilities, and insurance.
Airdrie Chamber Virtual AGM
Join us for our first ever virtual Airdrie Chamber of Commerce AGM.

Receive the following:

All Chamber Members in good standing are invited to attend the AGM and will be entitled to one vote per member at the virtual meeting.  
Online Webinar Support
Ask an Airdrie Expert Progarm - Marnie Marr, CPA, CGA

Tuesday, June 2 @ 1:00


Planning for recovery: How to restart your business in the wake of COVID-19

Tuesday, June 2 @ 12:00 pm

Intermediate Facebook Marketing

Wednesday, June 10 @ 11:30 am

Calgary Chamber

Ongoing webinar series.
In addition, watch previously recorded webinars.

Economic Developers Alberta

Ongoing webinar Series
In addition, watch previously recorded webinars

"Things That Are Open" Business Directory
The City of Airdrie launched a free online platform to promote businesses that are open during COVID-19. It features an interactive directory, good news-stories and an offer page to showcase how our businesses and organizations are serving their patrons during this challenging time.
Meet Our New Members!
BIG BEAR TECH LTD
(403) 945-8836
Great Latitudes Travel
(587) 859-0539
Truplanin Logistics Corp.
(403) 941-8999
Chamber Members Are Amazing!
The Pink Wand Cleaning has now pivoted to align with our new world and help support the fight against Covid-19, to keep our community businesses in operation and our community safe.
In the past few months, we have developed new methods to disinfect and safety train our staff. We have been the key providers to many essential service providers such as our own food bank to remain open during these trying times.
 
Do you need assistance in re opening safely regarding cleanliness and health guidelines?
  • Our clients will receive FREE Disinfecting cleaning (this includes sanitization with Covid-19 approved disinfectant.) to all hard surfaces during a regular scheduled clean.
  • We will provide our clients with assistance in re-opening with clean safe environment.
  • We are committed to aid in supplies such as hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and PPE.

*Chamber members will receive a 10% discount on cleaning*
 
Please Call 587-775-7524 or email info@thepinkwand.com to book your cleaning or purchase PPE supplies.

We are now running at a smaller scale of available team members trained on safety and disinfection cleaning, so please note to pre-book well in advance. Waivers of expectation of our clients to keep our team and clients safe are to be emailed back prior to service commencement. We reserve the right to cancel services if the following safe measures are not in place.
We are proudly here to serve you with your sanitation needs during this pandemic, thank you for entrusting in our team to support you!
 
Airdrie Chamber of Commerce
102, 150 Edwards Way NW
Airdrie, AB T4B 4B9
403. 948.4412