Invitation to Telephone Town Hall
with Minister of Jobs, Economy & Innovation
Alberta businesses have been greatly impacted by the prolonged public health restrictions.

You are invited to a Telephone Town Hall with:
  • Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta
  • Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation and
  • Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health

The Government will answer your questions about the new restrictions, the spread of COVID-19, Alberta’s Recovery Plan and how the government can continue to provide support during these difficult times.

The telephone town hall is taking place on Wednesday, February 3 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Please pre-register in the form below, entering your name, organization and phone number.

Pre-registration ends at 3 pm, Wednesday, February 3.
Path forward starts February 8
On January 29th, the Alberta Government released a roadmap that was developed to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. A Path Forward outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks.

Step 1 changes come into effect February 8. All other restrictions remain in effect.

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes
Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes can open for in-person service.
  • Maximum of 6 people per table; individuals must be from same household or the 2 close contacts for people living alone
  • Contact information must be collected from one person of the dining party
  • Liquor service ends at 10 pm
  • In-person dining must close by 11 pm
  • No entertainment allowed (e.g., no VLTs, pool tables, live music, etc.)
Children's sport and performance activities
Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

  • Children’s sport and performance activities are permitted if related to school activities, such as physical education classes.
  • K-12 schools and post-secondary institutions are allowed to use off-site facilities to support curriculum-related educational activities.
Indoor fitness
Mandatory restrictions - Provincewide - Effective Feb. 8

Group or team sports not permitted
  • No sports games, competitions, team practice, league play or group exercise of any kind is allowed.
One-on-one training is permitted
  • Only one-on-one or one-on-one household training is permitted for indoor fitness activities (e.g. fitness in dance studios, training figure skating on ice, one-on-one lessons).
  • Sessions have to be scheduled or by appointment. No drop-in or groups allowed.
Safety requirements:
  • One-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of 3 metres distance between sessions in the same facility.
  • Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.
  • Trainers should remain masked during the session; clients are not required to wear a mask while exercising
  • More than one trainer and client ‘pair’ are allowed into the facility, studio, rink, court, pool, ice surface, etc. so long as:
  • Each trainer and client stays 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
  • Each trainer can only interact with their assigned client, and each client can only interact with their assigned trainer.
  • No interaction between clients or between trainers is allowed.
  • No ‘cycling through’ multiple trainers as in circuit training.
Grant Opportunity for Alberta's Performing Arts, Sports & Rodeo Sectors
The Alberta Government is providing one-time grant funding to live experience presenting and performing arts, sport and rodeo organizations. Funding will enable organizations to maintain their operations to support the live experience sector in Alberta.

The Stabilize Program will:
  • support Alberta-based professional sport teams, non-profit elite amateur sport leagues and teams, rodeos and art performance venues that have a long-standing history and are part of the Alberta cultural and sporting identity
  • enable non-profit organizations to maintain public-use, live experience venues that will provide Albertans with live experiences now and in the future
  • support and leverage Albertans’ investments to non-profit organizations that own and/or operate live experience venues by matching private donations from $250,000 to $1 million dollar for dollar

Deadline is February 18th!
Energy Savings for Business is launching Today
On Nov. 2, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced up to $55 million in funding for the Energy Savings for Business (ESB) Program. ESB meets a known market need and focuses on supporting a critical component of the economy – small- and medium-sized businesses. The program objectives are to stimulate investment, create jobs and address longer-term environmental sustainability priorities.
 
On February 1, Emissions Reduction Alberta will open ESB for applications. To learn more, you are invited to join the ERA webinar at 1 p.m. on February 2. During this session, they will share the full details of the program, including:
 
  • Who is eligible to participate;
  • What measures are eligible for funding through the program;
  • Incentive levels by measure type;
  • Where to find the necessary program information; and
  • How to submit an application through the portal.

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
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.