Mental Health & COVID-19
A pandemic is a very real and stressful event for individuals and communities. During this time it is important to be there for friends, family and community members. Here are a variety of resources for those in need of information during this time.
The Mental Health Support Line is 1-877-303-2642 and is available 24/7 to provide advice and referrals to community supports near you.
Find Your Canadian Mental Health Association | CMHA
Help in Tough Times | AHS
Reminder: Business Restrictions and Enforcement
Businesses that are on the essential workplaces list can remain open and have more than 15 people on a worksite, as long as risk mitigation strategies are implemented and followed.
To see if your business is an essential workplace, click here.
Workplace Risk Mitigation Strategies:
Business owners should:
- Perform hazard assessments for all duties and undertake steps to control the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
- Find alternate ways to hold essential meetings of large groups (e.g. working remotely, teleconferencing)
- Cancel workplace gatherings of 15 or more people in a single space (e.g. training events, parties).
- Continue business continuity planning to prepare critical operations for any potential interruption.
To view more recommended risk mitigation strategies, click here.
Alberta COVID-19 Testing Expansion
Alberta has expanded to laboratory tests to better trace the spread of COVID-19.
Testing is now available to any person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 including, cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, feelings of confusion, or loss of consciousness.
If you believe that you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please take the online self assessment
here , and reach out to 811 with any questions you may have.
Google Ads: Free Credit for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
Google wants to help alleviate some of the cost for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to stay in touch with their customers during this challenging time.
They’re giving SMBs worldwide $340 million in ad credits, which can be used at any point until the end of 2020 across Google Ads platforms. SMBs who have been active advertisers since the beginning of 2019 (Jan 1, 2019) will see a credit notification appear in their Google Ads account in the coming months. Advertisers receiving ad credits will be notified in the next few months.
COVID-19: False and Misleading Claims
It is important during this time to make sure that the information you are getting is correct and accurate. There are many people and businesses right now looking to profit off of the pandemic.
The Government of Canada has not approved any product to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19. Selling unauthorized health products or making false or misleading claims to prevent, treat or cure COVID-19 is illegal in Canada.
The Government of Canada is encouraging anyone who has information regarding potential non-compliant sales or advertising of any health product claiming to treat, prevent or cure COVID-19, to report it using this online complaint form.
Government of Alberta: Small Business Supports
Talk to a small business advisor at Business Link to get free advice, coaching and information on COVID-19 resources and supports.
Submit your question online or contact them directly:
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed weekends and statutory holidays)
Toll free: 1-800-272-9675 (Canada only)
TTY: 1-800-457-8466 (For the deaf or hard of hearing)
Government of Canada – Supports for Businesses
- Avoiding Layoffs and Rehiring Employees
The Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deduction required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing Program from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19. This measure will provide income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance who agree to reduce their normal working hours because of developments beyond the control of their employers.
- Deferred Payments
allowing businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer until June 30, 2020 payments of the GST/HST, as well as customs duty owing on their imports.
- Access to Credit
- Supporting Financial Stability
The Bank of Canada is acting in several ways to support the economy and financial system and stands ready to take any and all actions that it can to protect the well-being of Canadians during this difficult time. The Bank has responded by lowering interest rates, intervening to support key financial markets and providing liquidity support for financial institutions.
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions announced it is lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer by 1.25% of risk-weighted assets. This action will allow Canada’s large banks to inject $300 billion of additional lending in to the economy.
- Support for Self-Employed Individuals