EXPANDED BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS
Starting May 5th, the Alberta Government has instituted additional restrictions for regions with at least 50 cases per 100,000 people, and at least 30 active cases.

These restrictions will be in place for at least 3 weeks and will be extended if necessary. Provincewide restrictions remain in effect for all other communities. For further information please visit, alberta.ca/stopthespike

RETAIL
Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5
  • Retail services must limit customer capacity to 10% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers.
  • Shopping mall capacity limits will exclude common area square footage.
  • Curbside pick-up, delivery and online services are encouraged.

WORKPLACE RULES
Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5
  • Any workplace, except work camps and essential and critical services, with transmission of 3 or more cases will be required by health officials to close for 10 days.
  • Any workplace that does not comply will be subject to enforcement.
  • Working from home remains mandatory unless the employer requires the employee's physical presence to operate effectively.
  • Where at work for operational effectiveness, employees must mask for all indoor settings, except in work stations or where two-metre physical distancing or adequate physical barriers are in place.

FITNESS, PERFORMANCE & RECREATION ACTIVITIES - INDOOR & OUTDOOR
Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective at 11:59 pm on May 9
Indoor activities
  • All indoor sport, performance and recreation activities for youth and adults are prohibited.
  • Indoor fitness and recreation facilities must close, including for 1-on-1 training.
Outdoor activities
  • All outdoor sports and recreation activities are prohibited, except with members of your household, or your two close contacts if you live alone. This includes:
  • all group physical activities, such as team sports, fitness classes, training sessions
  • all one-on-one lessons and training activities
  • all practices, training and games
  • Outdoor recreation facilities can remain open unless specifically closed by public health order.
Professional sport organizations
  • Professional sport organizations that have received an exemption can continue, provided protocols are strictly followed.

RESTAURANTS, BARS, PUBS, LOUNGES AND CAFES
Mandatory restrictions – Provincewide – Effective May 9 at 11:59 pm
  • All in-person dining, including on patios, is prohibited.
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges, cafes and food courts can open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery only.

PERSONAL AND WELLNESS SERVICES
Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective at 11:59 pm on May 9
  • Personal and wellness services, including hair salons, barbers, nail salons, estheticians, tattoos and piercing, must close.
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE RELAUNCH GRANT
THIRD INTAKE NOW OPEN
APPLICATION INTAKE CLOSES MAY 31, 2021
The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant program has been reopened for a new payment to businesses affected by the April 2021 public health orders. Eligible organizations can now apply for this additional COVID relief funding. To apply visit https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx
CANADA EMERGENCY BUSINESS ACCOUNT LOANS EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 30TH
The CEBA Application Period Has Been Extended. 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 https://ceba-cuec.ca/.
CANADA EMERGENCY WAGE SUBSIDY
NEXT DEADLINE IS MAY 20TH
Learn how the redesigned Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program can support your business. The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) helps employers impacted by COVID-19 to keep workers on their payroll or bring previously laid-off employees back to work. To ensure Canadian workers and businesses are in a better position as our economy safely re-opens, the Government has implemented changes to the CEWS that broaden the reach of the program and provide better targeted support.
UPCOMING PROJECT GAZELLE WEBINARS
Project Gazelle focuses on assisting female entrepreneurs build a successful venture. It can be as simple as introducing the concept of entrepreneurship to assisting with the development of a thorough business plan. Project Gazelle is offering the below FREE webinars in May!

Session 1: Budgeting Business Basics – May 17th – 11:30am – 1:00pm
 
Session 2: Marketing Business Basics – May 19th – 11:30am – 1:00pm
 
Session 3: Start-up Business Basics – May 21st – 11:30am – 1:00pm
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
ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROGRAMS
TOWN'S 25% LOT REBATE PROMOTION ENDS JUNE 1ST
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, Town Council has approved a policy to provide a 25% rebate on all Town-owned serviced lots. This includes residential and commercial lots within the Town of Wainwright. 

Council and Administration hopes this promotion will encourage construction and help local contractors and trades with employment, thereby helping to stimulate the local economy and increase the tax base. 

The promotion is for a limited time only, ending on June 1st, 2021. There are conditions on the promotion such as the lot(s) must be paid in full and the building must be fully constructed prior to receiving the 25% rebate. For full details, contact Carley Herbert or Scott Flett, Director of Planning & Development at the Town Office.
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.