Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 23, 2020

Although we are currently in Phase 2 of Alberta’s relaunch strategy, it is important that we remember that the COVID-19 virus is not gone. Please continue to practice social distancing, good hygiene and continue to wear masks for the safety of yourself and those around you.


City of Edmonton – Economic Recovery Grant 

The City of Edmonton has launched the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant. This grant is available in two streams and is designed to help businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This grant provides local businesses and business organizations with flexible funding in order to relaunch and strengthen their business models. 

Grant Streams: 

1. Grants for Individual Businesses: 

Businesses are able to apply for grants valued at $100, $2500, $5000, depending on circumstances and scale. The intake opens each Monday at 9:00am. Prepare your responses in advance and enter answers. Applications are limited each week. These grants are meant to support immediate need and longer term recovery efforts of businesses. Larger grants will be available in Phase 2 (January 2021) for businesses who have not received funding in Phase 1. 

More information here:
https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/funding_grants/individual-business-grants.aspx

2. Grants for Organizations, Associations, and Groups: 

Does your organization support local businesses and our local economy? You may be eligible for a “Business Association” grant. 

These grants allow for up to $75,000 in matching funds directed towards business associations, organizations, and other groups which support local business, economic development, and play a role in COVID-19 economic recovery.

More information here:
https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/funding_grants/grants-for-organizations.aspx

The City will begin re-accepting applications for both streams on Monday, June 29 at 9:00am. 


Casting Call! Share Your Love for Your Favourite SPR Business! 

Casting agency, Groundglass Casting is currently working on a Visa campaign where everyday people recommend one their favourite Canadian small businesses! 

The company is looking for recommendations for any type of business, from restaurants, to clothing, barber shops, tattoo parlours, yoga studios, etc.

For people interested in applying, they would need to record a quick 15-30 second video recommending one of their favourite small local Canadian (SPR) businesses. If selected, the person (customer) who applies would receive $300, while the business would receive free publicity through Visa! 

This is a great campaign to share with loyal and passionate customers to promote your business! 

Learn more here: 
https://irecommend.castingcrane.com/


CERB Extension! 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended from 16 weeks to 24 weeks for workers who: 

– Stopped working due to COVID-19 or 

– Are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or

– Have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020. 

Only apply for the CERB through either Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – NOT BOTH. 

You may be eligible for support via other programs as well. Answer some questions to find financial help during COVID-19 here:
https://covid-benefits.alpha.canada.ca/en/start


Bill 23 Commercial Tenancies Protection Act 

Proposed legislation will safeguard businesses from eviction, and more, as Alberta deals with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The act would protect eligible commercial tenants from having their leases terminated due to non-payment of rent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If passed, the act would also prevent landlords from raising rent and charging late fees and penalties on missed rent.

The new measures will help address shortfalls in the current Canada Emergency Commercial Rent (CECRA) program, and will give eligible business owners a peace of mind as they reopen and help with the provincial economic recovery. 

More information here:
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=72618743EAD85-9C35-EF4B-9D68C122EA1C2DFF#ableg


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