COVID-19: Important Business Resources
Greetings!

Airdrie, along with the majority of our province, is scheduled to open today, May 14th in the first stage of the Alberta relaunch.

The phased relaunch strategy was announced by the provincial government balancing safety with a gradual reopening of closed businesses and services. The plan outlines early actions, requirements to move to the next stage, and details for the three stages. 

Here are some other important resources for specific industries:

Click here for the National Allied Golf Associations of Alberta document that was provided to the government as part of their lobby efforts. The government is looking for input from industries as to HOW they can operate during COVID-19. They are recommending that businesses unite within their industry to collaborate on a best practices document for operations.


If you can not find your answers online contact the Minister of Health at health.minister@gov.ab.ca or for business inquiries contact bizconnect@gov.ab.ca .

Please note that relaunch stages may change based on government guidelines.
Business Impact Pulse Survey
COVID-19 Phase 1 economic relaunch
Is your business planning to reopen? 

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce network is collaborating with Economic Developers of Alberta and Community Futures to collect insights and inform government responses to help business with the Phase 1 economic relaunch .
 
Share your feedback on government relief measures and business supports by taking our short survey here.
The More we Trace Together,
the Sooner we can be Together
The province's relaunch can only continue if the number of COVID-19 cases remains under control. The more Albertans who use ABTraceTogether , the safer you, your employees and loved ones will be.

You can find more information on ABTraceTogether here , or download the app now from the App Store and Google Play
Support for Businesses
Have you applied for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy?

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was introduced to prevent further job losses, encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, and help better position Canadian companies and other employers to more easily resume normal operations following the crisis.
 
The second period for the CEWS opens on May 13 and will cover April 12 to May 9. To apply, please visit the application portal.

How to apply for the CEWS
Employers can apply for the CEWS through My Business Account o r through the CRA’ s online application form , and their representatives can apply through Represent a Client Before submitting an application, employers are encouraged to use CRA’s CEWS Calculator to estimate their subsidy. 

T he Government of Canada indicated the CEWS program will be extended beyond the current June 6 cut-off . More details on the extension are expected to be released soon. We are pleased the CEWS is being extended. 
Support for Individuals
Deadline to reapply for CERB

Canadians who are receiving income from CERB through the CRA must reapply for another four weeks of benefits. The renewal payments are not automatic, meaning anyone who applied for CERB between April 6 and April 10 will need to reapply for the benefit on the CRA Website If you applied for CERB through Service Canada (and you are EI eligible) you must reapply every 2 weeks.
Support for Community
Update for Parents
The province is working with school authorities and education system partners on developing a comprehensive re-entry plan that considers three scenarios, which could exist by September.

They are:
  • Normal school operations are able to resume.
  • Schools are partially re-opened, with some level of restrictions.
  • Teacher-directed at-home learning continues.

Up to $17.8 million in grants will be provided to child care centres   and approved family day home agencies to ensure they are ready to safely restart and support families through Alberta’s economic recovery.
Advocacy in Action
The Government of Canada   announced $252 million   to support farmers, food businesses and food processors that provide essential services to Canadians every day by ensuring a safe and reliable food supply. However this falls far short of the $2.6 Billion asked.

Our ask specifically during COVID 19 is for agriculture supports during the pandemic .
  • Producers need supports such as risk management solutions, interest free or forgivable loans and grant options to assist during this time, particularly with the supply chain issues and processing challenges that are occurring. Supports must take into account the whole supply chain and financing options outside of just FCC.
  • We need to assist all agriculture and agri-food sectors in order to help aid in compliance to health and safety measures and new technologies, as well as adapting products to respond to changing requirements.
  • Funding could be used for technological supports/funding to assist with the requirement to rework production lines and retrofit workplaces and innovate in agriculture and value-added food processing in order to accommodate increased demands, the physical distancing requirements and additional sanitization requirements, as well to support producers and agri-food industry as the supply chain challenges and delays are causing financial hardships. 
"Things That Are Open" Business Directory
Chamber Events
Looking for an opportunity to connect?  

Join your fellow chamber member's for an informal chat with like minded business professionals. Want help brainstorming solutions to a particular problem you are facing or are you willing to share best practices on how your business has pivoted during the COVID-19 crisis? Let's connect; we are stronger together!

Your choice of two available dates/times:
Additional Online Events
I ntroduction to e-commerce with Shopify

This workshop will teach you about selling online through Shopify and how the multichannel ecosystem works. Learn everything you need to know to get your first sale online! 

May 14 @ 7 pm - 9 pm

Psychological First Aid


Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a way of people helping people immediately after a disaster or emergency. PFA providers give practical support in a way that respects the person's dignity, culture, and abilities.

Friday, May 15 @ 8:30 am

Create a Powerful Marketing Strategy in 7 Steps

In this webinar, you will learn to recognize the importance of a marketing strategy, understand each of its components: brand, goals, target markets, marketing assets, staging, budget, and analytics/tracking and leave with tools to help create your own marketing strategy. 

Wednesday, May 20 @ 10:00 AM




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

The Canadian economy is gradually reopening after a shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will need to plan how your business will restart, adapting your operations to meet demand, ensuring your supply chains and managing your financial circumstances. You will also need to put best practices in place to ensure the safety of your employees as they return to work.
 
Friday, May 22 @ 12 pm EDT


Business Finance and Tax (Intermediate)

Finance and tax topics can often seem like another language but understanding them is necessary to the success of your business. This workshop is appropriate for owners who have some experience with finance and tax and are interested to take the next steps in your business.

Tuesday, May 26 @ 10:00 AM




Emotional Regulation Using Mindfulness

Are you finding it difficult to find balance in this challenging time? Explore how, for most of us, our survival responses (fight, flight or freeze) are currently going haywire. Learn how mindfulness practices can help to regulate your child’s emotions, boost immunity, decrease anxieties, improve focus, concentration, and improve our overall sense of well-being.

Thursday, June 4 @ 6:30pm


Intermediate Facebook Marketing
This webinar is for those already comfortable with the platform but want to do more with their advertising. You will learn to: 
- Develop a strong content strategy 
- Optimize boosted posts 
- Optimize Facebook ads 
- Understand Facebook analytics 

Wednesday, June 10 @ 10:00 AM




Connections LIVE Webinar Series

In every corner of the province, tourism businesses are facing challenging and uncertain times. Travel Alberta is here for you with Connections LIVE, a weekly webinar series to help you naviage the issues resulting from COVID-19. Each webinar features an industry professional with insights to help you make informed business decisions.

Ongoing webinar Series.




7 Step System for "Flipping the Switch" in your Business & Personal Life

Join Suze Casey to expand your positive perspective. Create results in this ever-changing landscape with the 7 Step System.

Please note: Airdrie Chamber Corporate Discount Rate

Ongoing Series for the month of June.



COVID-19 Webinar Series

These weekly webinars will not only provide information to help mitigate the economic impacts of this pandemic disaster; they'll also give participants some relief from the social isolation this pandemic is causing.

Every Wednesday @ 12:00

#Here4YYC
Business resource webinar series

Tune into upcoming webinars and listen to previously recorded webinars from the Calgary Chamber. 

Ongoing webinar series.

Airdrie Chamber of Commerce
102, 150 Edwards Way NW
Airdrie, AB T4B 4B9
403. 948.4412