Bi-Weekly COVID-19 Update – July 21, 2020

How Café Neo Hopes to Build a Sense of Community During COVID-19 

Café Neo opened in late June of 2020 in Revolution Square on Stony Plain Road (10062R 151St NW). The little coffee shop is managed by Zana and Antonio, both of whom love coffee and people and cannot wait to meet more of the surrounding community. Their passion is to create a space where people feel welcome, loved, creative ad open for genuine connection. The idea behind creating Café Neo emerged out of passion for creating a positive customer experience. The Neo brand is rooted in the making of high quality beverages, started by their sister company, Neo Juicery. At Café Neo, they offer a selection of fresh cold pressed juices, tasty snacks and sandwiches that complement their core product: coffee! 

“Our sister company, Neo Juicery, made plans to set up a shop in this building and as a brand, we felt like we needed to create a new place to build community in the area around Revolution Square,” Zana tells us, “A coffeehouse is the best way we felt we could do that.” 

Café Neo combines the freshness and vibrancy of the Neo brand with a welcoming and positive atmosphere for their neighbours and community to relax in. Both Café Neo and Neo Juicery are developed and owned by local entrepreneur, Ala, Kareema, Daniel and Jonathan. Neo Juicery was established in 2017 and has been serving Edmontonians with fresh cold-pressed plant-based beverages ever since. Through the Neo brand, they as a team, wanted to create a new experience for customers, so they dreamt up Café Neo. Both are located in the same building, opposite of each other, with a shared food development space in the middle that serves the production of Neo Juicery’s products and the catering of all of Café Neo’s foods, drinks, and snacks. 

The inspiration for Café Neo, both in brand and in atmosphere, came from the roots of traditional coffee experienced in the Middle East. They aspired to take that warm, traditional and authentic coffee experience and modernize it to fit the area and clientele around Revolution Square. With that, a pop of colour was added in the space, along with a delectable menu of fresh and exciting new beverages, and an authentic coffee menu to inspire even the most selective coffee connoisseurs. 

“We believe Café Neo is a unique business in Edmonton because we combine our passion for food, coffee and people with a deep desire to build and grow beyond the boundaries of our space,” states Zana, “When you walk into Café Neo, you’re not just walking in to grab a coffee; you’re walking into a family of dedicated entrepreneurs that want Café Neo to be your daily fuel stop.” 

In the case of opening the business during the pandemic, the Café believes they have been exceptionally lucky to have been at the tail end of setting up things when COVID-19 hit Edmonton hard. It did delay them, but they hadn’t yet opened their doors which was for the best. Not having opened yet bought them some time to adjust their business plan and reconfigure how they would do things. 

“COVID-19 definitely reduced our capacity to offer the full vision behind Café Neo, due to space and size restrictions, and concerns around customer safety,” says Zana, “That being said, Edmontonians really have stuck together during this time, and we have experiences a lot of patience, kindness and support from the community around us as we stumble sometimes to make things work.” 

Some precautions that Café Neo has taken include reducing their menu offerings to take-out friendly options and have only been offering foods and beverages in take-out containers. They have also reduced seating capacity and adjusted how they configured space to allow for ample room between tables and chairs for social distancing. In addition to this the business has also amplified their sanitation procedures and added safety tools such as social distancing stickers, maks and gloves for staff, and a sanitation station at the entrance and exit. 

The next time you’re craving a coffee or juice, stop by and try Café Neo, they love hearing feedback on how they can improve and create what people want in the area.

Visit them on Facebook for more info and to stay up to date! 

If you would like to see your Stony Plain Road & Area business featured on our blog, please contact communications.spr@gmail.com


Symptoms and Testing: COVID-19 

Who can be tested? 

Any person who wants to be tested, can now be tested, even if they do not have symptoms. 

The following groups will continue to receive priority: 

– Any person exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19 

– All close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases 

– All workers and/or residents at specific outbreak sites

– All workers and/or residents at long-term care and level 4 supportive living facilities 

– All patients admitted to continuing care and hospital settings. 

Click here for a COVID-19 Assessment Flowchart

Click here to book a COVID-19 Test


Canada to Go

10 students from UBC (University of British Columbia) have put together a resource listing businesses from all over Canada. The website contains a simple list of local restaurants, cafes, and breweries, which are currently open to serve us, with their updated operating hours and offerings. They are hoping that this will allow customers to see what options still exist for them while providing some support for local restaurants who are operating with severe resource constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

So far, the website has over 1000 businesses spanning from Vancouver to Halifax. An area on this resource that is lacking is the listing of Stony Plain Road & Area businesses. We encourage businesses in the area to post their information on the site so more people can reach you. You can list your businesses and find out more here: https://www.canadatogo.ca/  


Quick Reference Resources for Businesses

Alberta Biz Connect – Biz Connect provides workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely. 

Visit Biz Connect here

Business Licence Fee Reduction – To help businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 situation, the City is offering a 50 percent business licence fee reduction upon request for businesses that renew or apply for a new business licence between June 1 and December 31, 2020. To request the fee reduction, please renew or apply for your new licence by calling 780.442.5311 or emailing businesslicenseapplications@edmonton.ca 

One-on-One Support for Edmonton Businesses – Do you have questions about the City of Edmonton or supports available to your business? Email businessinfo@edmonton.ca and they’ll do their best to assist you. 

Personal Protective Equipment for Businesses – The City has developed this list for local businesses that may need personal protective equipment (PPE) 

The list can be found here

Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant – The Small & Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50 percent, as a result of COVID-19. 

The Government of Alberta has committed up to $200 million in funding for this program. 

Applications will remain open until August 31, or for 4 weeks following the start of phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later. 

More info 

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – This wage subsidy will enable you to rehire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis. On July 17, 2020 the government proposed changes to CEWS including the extension of CEWS until Dec 19, 2020. 

Learn more here.


 Engagement Assistant Reaching Out to SPR Businesses

Stony Plain Road & Area businesses will be hearing from our new Engagement Assistant, Leo, in the upcoming days and weeks to get some updated information on your businesses. To ensure that our directories are up to date and make sure everything is in order Leo will be doing his best to reach every one of you! Please give him a warm welcome to the BIA when he reaches out! 


The Stony Plain Road & Area BIA (Business Improvement Area) is Looking for Participation From Businesses for a Scavenger Hunt! 

This summer the Stony Plain Road and Area BIA is launching a shop local initiative to encourage our community members to engage and explore the businesses within our district. We are currently planning a digital initiative with the working title “Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge” on our social media channels that will allow the community to learn about our district, explore the area, and support our businesses while staying safe during the ongoing concerns of COVID-19. Our tentative dates for this challenge are August 7th to 21st.

What It Is:

– Each day we will post a question about a landmark, historical fact, or business in the BIA on our various social media channels  

– Participants who answer correctly will be entered into a daily draw to win a certificate / gift card or prize package to a local business for a minimum of $25.

– If they visit a location specified in the post and post a photo at the location to their social media, they receive an additional entry to the daily draw. 

– Those who participate each day of the scavenger hunt are entered to win a grand prize of products and gift cards / certificates to local businesses valued at a minimum of $250.

We are looking for participation from our businesses in three areas:

– We are looking to feature a variety of diverse businesses with interesting facts about their products or services or in a building with a recognizable landmark. The facts or landmark can be widely known, as we are looking for a range of difficulty in our questions. 

– We will be purchasing the certificates / gift cards, prize packages from our local businesses for each of the daily prizes and are looking for at least ten businesses that are willing to match our contribution for the grand prize through donation of a product, service, or certificate. 

– We are also asking willing businesses to promote the initiative on their social media channels to increase participation and awareness.

Reasons to participate:

– Participating businesses will receive business exposure and promotion through our social media as well as any other channels that share the initiative.

– We will attach your logo and business information on our promotional materials posted on our website and social media. 

– Winners of prizes will have the opportunity to try your products. The goal of the grand prize is to provide community members with the opportunity to try a range of products and services in our BIA that they may not have been aware of.

Please fill out this google form if you are interested in partnering with us for this initiative: https://forms.gle/zvudsGAVbvZts1TF9

Please contact Jane at shoplocal.spr@gmail.com if you have any inquiries. 


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


Weekly COVID-19 Update – April 7, 2020

The Gilded Rabbit: The Art of Coping with COVID-19

For many businesses on Stony Plain Road, the area and all over the city, there was a learning curve with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, YEG businesses are quick to adapt and most are still able to serve their customers during this time. Take the Gilded Rabbit, for example, located at 10104 149 St. NW. 

The Gilded Rabbit has been around since January of 2018. It was formerly a Colours Art location, that (now, owner) Marian Switzer had worked in for 10 years. When the owners approached her, told her that they were selling and asked her if she was interested her answer was, “yes!” She had already been looking at opening her own picture framing shop, so the timing was perfect! 

With the emergence of COVID-19, the Gilded Rabbit has been taking the safety of both staff and customers very seriously. Even before non-essential business closures, they made sure to take extra precautions. 

“Everything in the shop is very tactile and people like to, and in some cases, need to, touch the things they are buying,” states Switzer, “Now, with the closure of non-essential businesses mandated by the Government, we are not able to allow customers in the shop.” 

However, closures haven’t stopped the Gilded Rabbit! They are now taking orders by the phone, on their website, and by email for curb-side pick-up. They are also offering home delivery on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for $5 in the Edmonton area and $10 within 10km outside of Edmonton. The delivery fee goes directly to the driver conducting the delivery. 

Currently, the Gilded Rabbit’s website is only able to hold about a third of their inventor, so if there is something a customer is looking for, but doesn’t see online, they are encouraged to give the store a call!

All of the Gilded Rabbit’s art classes are currently postponed, but will be rescheduled once it is safe to do so. 

“I know one of our instructors is working on doing some online classes, so once those are available we will be posting them on our website and Facebook page,” states Switzer. 

The store has been staying in contact with customers through posting updated on their website as well as their Instagram and Facebook profiles. They also have a newsletter that they send out to subscribers, which customers can sign up for on their website. The Gilded Rabbit Facebook page has most of the “fun stuff” on it right now. There you can find fun facts, project ideas, new product announcements, links to other artists’ sites, and all other art related material! 

While many are at home social distancing, Switzer has been encouraging people to start an art journal. Art making is an accessible and non-intimidating way to help process feelings of stress and anxiety that may be hard to verbalize – this is why adult colouring books were so popular a few years ago. 

“COVID-19 will be a snippet of time that I’m sure all of us are looking forward to moving past, but I think most people will be glad they have something tangible they can look back to, says Switzer, “I’ve posted a few links on our Facebook page that have prompts and templates that can help with a starting point.” 

If you’re a beginner or don’t know where to start with an art project, have no fear, the Gilded Rabbit is there to help. They have troubleshooted customer’s projects over Facebook Messenger, through email, and over the phone. If you’re looking for guidance or have questions they are still here for you! 

In a closing statement, Switzer had this to say, 

” Obviously as a small business owner, I am an advocate for buying local or from small businesses as much as possible, but it is now more important than ever. Most of us small businesses operate on small margins and I think most of us can honestly say we don’t go into this to become rich. We do it because we have a passion and we want to share that with our communities. We are the ones that take time to answer your questions and troubleshoot your problems. We know about your families, the excitement you have about an upcoming trip, or any trials you may be going through. We know your name. Many businesses are making it easy to support them during this time by offering curb-side pick-ups, delivery, and shipping, and I strongly urge everyone to take advantage of these services. It would be so sad if we come out the other side of this and have lost the things that make our communities unique and livable.” 

Open Tuesday to Saturday: 10 – 4 pm

Orders can be emailed to info@thegildedrabbit.ca

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thegildedrabbit/

Instagram: gilded_rabbit

phone: 780-481-6950


The Canada Emergency Response Benefit

What is it? 

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. 

Who can apply? 

To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You reside in Canada
  • You are 15 years old or more when you apply
  • For your first CERB application:
    • You have stopped or will stop working due to reasons related to COVID-19
    • For at least 14 days in a row for the period you are applying for, you will not receive:
      • employment income
      • self-employment income
      • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave
  • For your subsequent CERB applications:
    • You continue to not work due to reasons related to COVID-19
    • For the 4 week period you are applying for, you will not receive:
      • employment income;
      • self-employment income; or
      • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave.
  • You have not quit your job voluntarily
  • You did not apply for, nor receive, CERB or EI benefits from Service Canada for the same eligibility period
  • You earned a minimum of $5,000 income in the last 12 months or in 2019 from one or more of the following sources:
    • employment income
    • self-employment income
    • provincial or federal benefits related to maternity or paternity leave

To apply for CERB click here.


Government of Canada Call to Action:  Manufacturers  Needed to Combat COVID-19

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed.

If you can say yes to the following, the Government of Canada wants to hear from you.

  • You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain.
  • You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns; sanitizers; wipes; ventilators; and other medical equipment and supplies.
  • You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.

If you answered yes to any of these points, please click here.


BIA Levy Extension for Monthly Payment Schedules 

The Edmonton City Council has voted last week, to delay the BIA tax levy for BIA members. If your business is on the automated annual payment, it will probably have already been taken from your account. However, if you are on a monthly  withdrawal for the BIA levy, you can call 311 and ask for a deferral until September 30, 2020. The April monthly payment, and the annual payment (if you were paying annually) cannot be refunded. 

Additionally, a delay in property taxes and utilities can be taken advantage of by reaching out to 311 and discussing specific payment plans. 


The Canadian Business Resilience Network has Launched!

Get the latest information, tools and resources Canadian businesses need to see throughout the COVID-19 pandemic here!

 


The YEG Business World, After COVID-19: What can we Expect?

COVID-19 is an unprecedented force that we have all had to adapt to in a short amount of time. While most of us are thinking about the now, what will the #yegbiz community look like, once COVID-19 has run its course? Below you will find four long-term retail trends in a post COVID-19 world, as outlined by Chain Store Age’s Article


1) When this is over, there will be an expectation for authenticity. Consumers will reward brands that “do the right thing” during this crisis. That means telling the truth, valuing people over profits, and using resources for the greater good. What happens to brands AFTER this pandemic will be heavily influenced by what they did DURING it. In short, consumers tend to reward good corporate stewardship.

2) There will be a demand for new experiences. Brands should be ready to deliver experiences that are optimistic, entertaining, and fresh. Regardless of how long the actual quarantine periods last, retailers should prepare to offer experiences that feel metaphorically like spring.  In other words, folks want a transition away from the gloom. After being in isolation for weeks and months, consumers will want to make themselves feel better and start fresh – which usually means buying new stuff.

3) Consumers will have a heightened sensitivity to our mutual vulnerability and the role we play in keeping everyone healthy. Environments will have an ongoing expectation to be clean and simple, and we may have a different sense of our personal space. COVID-19 will probably have an impact on how we feel about crowds and tight spaces.

4) Social distancing will drive more consumers to digital platforms. People who never once used a service like BOPIS, DoorDash, etc. will adopt new behaviors during this pandemic. And guess what – they’ll probably keep using them long after it’s over too. 

Retailers and restaurants will need to adjust their operations and financials for a new reality. While these gradual behavior changes weren’t unexpected, the timeline will undoubtedly be ramped up: customer habits we believed were coming in five years may be here in the next five months.

SOURCE


Mental Health and Addiction Hotlines

COVID-19 can have a significant impact on Albertan mental health. Call to connect with a dedicated team of AHS addiction, mental health staff and resources 24/7. 

Mental Health Helpline: 1 877 303 2642

Addictions Helpline: 1 866 332 2322


How Can I Help My Community During COVID-19?

During this time it is important to stay connected with your community. This can be done in a variety of ways while still following the Alberta COVID-19 health orders! 

  • If you are able to, volunteer! This can be done locally by asking elderly and vulnerable neighbours if you can help them out in any way. In addition, the Government of Canada is working with provincial and territorial governments to respond to COVID-19. They are seeking volunteers to help in the following areas:

    1. Case tracking and contact tracing;
    2. Health system surge capacity;
    3. Case data collection and reporting.

    They are building an inventory of volunteers from which provincial and territorial governments can draw upon as needed. They welcome ALL volunteers as they are looking for a wide variety of experiences and expertise. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out an application 
    here
  • Stay Connected! If you are not able to get out and volunteer, you can still stay connected with your friends, families and neighbours who may be struggling. Social distancing can be a lonely experience for many, even small gestures can make a big difference. 
  • Support local. Now, more than every we should be shopping and ordering local! So many businesses in the YEG area have adapted their businesses to be able to cater to customers during COVID-19 and we are lucky for that! You can see what businesses are still open for delivery, take-out and curbside pick-up at ‘Things that are open’ .



Which Restaurants in the Stony Plain Road & Area are Open for Delivery and Take-out? 

Are you looking to order from a local restaurant but aren’t sure which ones are open for take-out and delivery? Last week we put out an article that lets you know which locations are open! Check it out here! 

If we’re missing your Stony Plain Road & Area Business please let us know by reaching out to communications.spr@gmail.com


Important Links

Government of Canada – Support for businesses

Government of Canada – Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Government of Alberta – Information for Albertans

Government of Alberta – Support for Employers and Employees

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Variant Edition Comics: A Stony Plain Road Business’ response to COVID-19

Variant Edition Comics is one of the many businesses on Stony Plain Road that have quickly adapted to the new normal that is associated with COVID-19. For Danica and Brandon, owners of the comic and graphic novel shop, they started their business with a simple idea: comics should be for everyone. In August of 2016, Variant Edition Comics moved to their current location on Stony Plain Road at 10132 151St. This new location allowed them to expand and change from a store with a dream to a community with a purpose. Together, with their wonderful customers, they built a space where a wide variety of stories are experiences and enjoyed – and where all are welcome!

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in Edmonton, Variant Edition Comics has been quick to communicate with their customers. As of March 18, 2020, the store has confirmed they will be closed on Mondays in addition to their usual Tuesdays. They will be open Wednesdays to Sundays, with regular hours until further notice. Brandon and Danica will be switching who is working in the store, and who is working from home. This will be done to keep things running both in-store and online, as well to limit their time out and about.

The store will be offering their usual $4.00 delivery but are waiving the fees for all purchases over $30.00. This delivery covers all of Edmonton, and surrounding areas will be served, but at less frequent intervals. Please contact them about timing. There is also an option for curbside pickup for customers who are not comfortable with coming into the store, with a portable payment option. The store will continue with their usual cleaning regimen.

An interesting feature that Variant Edition Comics will be doing for their customers is offering flexible self-quarantine packages for customers who might not know what they want to read but are bored nonetheless while in self-isolation. Danica and Brandon will work within your budget and package up a selection of graphic novels you might find interesting based off a few questions regarding the feel of what you’re looking for! They will also be running a daily 15-minute check-in video, streaming to their Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube pages. These will take place Thursday to Sunday at 3:00PM MST, and Tuesday to Wednesday at 8:45PM MST.

UPDATE: Diamond (the only single issue comic distributor) announced on March 23rd that they will not be sending any new product to shops for the foreseeable future, asking publishers to stop shipping product to them. While this means Variant Edition (and all other comic stores) will not be getting single issue stories from Diamond in the near future, Variant Edition WILL be getting in any and all new and old graphic novels from other distribution sources, and service will remain uninterrupted.

For more information visit Variant Edition Comics online!


Resources for Businesses:

Government of Canada

The federal government’s Resources for Canadian Business page provides one-stop info for business and employees.  Read more 
here. 

Corporate Income Tax

• The Alberta government has deferred corporate income tax balances and installment payments from March 19 until August 31, 2020. Read more 
here. 

Utility Bills

• The Alberta government has provided support measures to allow commercial customers to defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days, regardless of service provider. Read more 
here. 

Business Loans and Credit

• The federal government has announced that they will increase the credit available to small, medium, and large Canadian businesses. A new Business Credit Availability Program will provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses experiencing cash flow challenges through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada. Read more 
here.

•The federal government announced that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) will lower the Domestic Stability Buffer by 1.25% of risk-weighted assets, effective immediately. This action will allow Canada’s large banks to inject $300 billion of additional lending in to the economy. 

• ATB Financial small business customers can apply for a payment deferral on loans and lines of credit for up to 6 months.

• ATB Financial small business customers can access additional working capital.

• ATB Financial agriculture and other business customers can access support on a one-on-one basis. Read more 
here.

• Customers of other banks should check with their bank provider, as Canada’s large banks have confirmed support, but have not yet released details. Read more 
here.

Property Tax

• The City of Edmonton is examining property tax relief measures.

Business Tax

• The City of Edmonton is examining business tax relief measures.

BIA Levy

• The City of Edmonton is examining BIA levy relief measures.

Non-profits

• The Alberta government has said that charitable and non-profit groups will immediately receive an additional $60 million to support seniors and other vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Wage Subsidies

• The federal government will provide eligible small businesses a 10 per cent wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Read more 

here.


Important News:



Important Links: 

Alberta Health Services Information for Albertans

Canada Public Health Services

Alberta Support for Workers (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide
 
WCB Employer Fact Sheet

COVID-19 and Small Businesses

Government of Canada resources for Canadian Businesses 

Support for Entrepreneurs
 


*If you are planning on closing your business temporarily during the COVID-19 outbreak, please alert EPS by calling 311 so they can keep an eye on your business.*

Celebrate, Gluten Free Expansion

Celebrate, Gluten Free is a family owned business run by Lee-Anne Neufeld and her husband and is located at 15213 Stony Plain Road NW. In 2011, the couple started baking for the St. Albert Farmer’s market and then quickly expanded to the Edmonton Downtown Market, Southwest Farmer’s Market and a few years later, the Fort Saskatchewan Farmer’s Market.

“When it was time to expand into a commercial location in 2015, the Stony Plain Road area was ideal as it gave us and our market customers, from around the region, easy transportation access,” states Neufeld.

Making gluten-free delights came naturally to Neufeld, as she is Celiac and found challenges over the years to find food staples and tasty treats that resemble those most people grew up with. It is important to Celebrate, Gluten Free that the gluten free population know that they have a safe place to enjoy, shop, eat, and that they do not feel excluded from activities that others take for granted.

The Expansion: Once again Celebrate, Gluten Free, began to see the need to expand to give their customers a fuller experience and so they could fulfill some of their customer’s requests. With their expansion, customers have more room to shop and access to more seating to relax with anyone from a friend, to a whole family or group!

“We also offer washrooms and a rear exit, which will be useful when LRT construction is underway,” says Neufeld.

Stop by Celebrate, Gluten Free today and pick up a coveted Cinnamon Bun or an assortment of donuts, including cake, cinnamon sugar and filled donuts. Or, enjoy your treat in their newly renovated seating area and enjoy a cup of coffee too!

Visit https://www.celebrateglutenfree.com for operating hours and more info.