Canadian Chamber of Commerce President

Alberta Chamber of Commerce Update

ACC COVID-19 daily update
March 27, 2020

What’s new

Prime Minister announces support for small businesses
facing impacts of COVID-19
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced expanded supports for small businesses, including:
a 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020,
allowing businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all GST/HST payments until June, as well as customs duties owed for imports,
launching the new Canada Emergency Business Account, and
launching the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in lending.

Read the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s response:
Government delivers what SMEs need to protect jobs.

Additional restrictions to stop spread of COVID-19

Today, the provincial government announced additional measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
People are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15 and must observe two-metre social distancing.
Restrictions on close contact businesses, dine-in restaurants, and non-essential retail services.

Tax relief for tourism industry
Today, the Alberta Government announced that hotels and other lodging providers can delay paying the tourism levy until August 31 for amounts that become due to government on or after today.

Increased security for Alberta renters
As part of a $7.7-billion package in supports and deferrals, the provincial government today announced new measures around residential rent payments.

Entire food supply chain must be declared essential, Alberta agriculture minister says

Alberta does not have a food supply shortage, but the entire national supply chain should be declared an essential service, Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen said Thursday.

AUMA guide
AUMA has compiled a guide to the financial supports available to municipalities, employers, employees, and the self-employed.

EY global tax policy tracker

EY has created a regularly updated global tax policy tracker that helps you monitor rapidly emerging government policy and stimulus responses to COVID-19.

Free mental fitness webinar
The Alberta Municipality Health and Safety Association (AMHSA), Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), Canadian
Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and Howatt HR are putting
out a
free weekly webinar series on maintaining mental fitness during this time. Register online.

Negotiating rent relief webinar recording

If you missed this week’s free webinar on negotiating rent relief in a coronavirus world, put on by Howard F. Kline and guests, you can now access the recording on demand.

In an effort to keep these bulletins focused on new daily developments, we have moved key COVID-19 resources to our website .
This list is updated daily as new information becomes available.

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce is a federation of 124 community-based chambers of commerce representing more than 25,000 job creators


For the latest information for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit

What’s new

·         Albertans can now apply for provincial COVID-19 emergency aid.

o   Albertans affected by COVID-19 can now begin applying for a one-time payment of $1,146 from the provincial government as part of a $50 million relief fund. Applications can be done by visiting the website.

·         The Government of Alberta has launched the Critical Infrastructure Strategic Impact Survey, questions are intended to assist provincial planners and decision makers in identifying strategic issues to be considered during the COVID-19 pandemic response. Responses are anonymous and consolidated results will be kept confidential.

o   To access the survey, visit:

·         Submit your offers of support or donations if you are interested in offering your support during times of disaster or emergency you can use the form below to provide us with details of your product or service.

·         The Emergency Financial Assistance web page now includes information on the federal and provincial supports/programs and a link to the COVID-19 page for more information.

·         Community and social services:

Funding criteria and forms for the emergency funding to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations are now posted online.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses:

Destination Canada March 20th tourism industry webinar for the Visitor Economy is available online for viewing click here.

Best Regards,

Lisa Houle, Ec.D. Manager, Calgary Region (REDS)

Alberta Economic Development, Trade and Tourism (EDTT)
M. 587.297.5729 | E.


Good Morning,

For the latest information for Albertans on COVID-19, including updates on government actions, visit

·         What’s new

Under the federal government’s new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) can now provide more than $10 billion of additional financing to customers facing economic challenges caused by COVID-19.

·         The program, announced March 13, helps Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions gain access to credit through EDC, BDC and private sector lenders.

The Business Link – Resources for small businesses affected by COVID-19:

Relief supports for Self-Employed:

  • the Canada Revenue Agency will defer tax payments until August 31, 2020, to help businesses with cash flow
  • immediate relief for small businesses with a 10% wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer
  • a new Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 biweekly for up to 15 weeks for self-employed people and others who are not eligible for EI sickness benefits

Take care and stay safe,

Lisa Houle, Ec.D. Manager, Calgary Region (REDS)

Alberta Economic Development, Trade and Tourism (EDTT)
M. 587.297.5729 | E.

COVID Continuity Resources for Business Leaders

A collection of business leaders have come together to develop a free website to support organizations working through the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak. The resources they have curated help to understand the challenges and opportunities associated with running your business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Check out the site at

Gold West Launches Ecommerce Site for Local Small Businesses to List Services

Chamber Members,

In response to the growing need in the community for access to local products from local businesses, many of you are taking initiative to provide your products and services to those who are unable to travel to local stores. As many local businesses do not have e-commerce websites, processing this growing volume of transactions and managing delivery schedules is proving to be a tremendous challenge.

Golden West can help. is an e-commerce website developed by the Golden West Radio Team that connects the community with your business by facilitating the online purchase of essential items. Local residents know and trust you, and they want to buy from you, but with increasingly stringent social distancing protocols, they are choosing to buy online to maintain these safety measures. allows your customers to order, pay for, and arrange delivery of products they need from you, online. It’s safe. It’s local. It’s available NOW! has a storefront specifically for YOUR COMMUNITY. to find out how you can get involved, contact us at:

Your Investment: 3% of all transactions to cover credit card fees

*NO setup fees, NO ongoing fees – we are doing this to help you and our community!




For more information please contact: 1-204-721-4233