Help for businesses March 2020

We received this update from Alberta Labour this morning with some resources available to small business:

Government of Canada Resources

APRIL 21 4:20 PM – UPDATED INFO: Canada Emergency Response ProgramA reminder that you have to apply for this every month and not just once to get four payments. $2000/month for up to four months for those that have lost their income due to COVID-19.  Update as of Friday is that you can now earn up to $1000 per month and still qualify.  For full details and to apply go to

The Toronto News really laid out well who can apply, etc.

APRIL 21 4:20 PM – UPDATED INFO: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: To help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government approved the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This would provide a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.  The program provides up to $847 per week per employee between March 15 and June 6.  Eligible employers will also receive a 100% refund for certain employer-paid contributions to EI. The program will launch of April 27, 2020.  There is a calculator that allows you to calculate your eligibility as well as the amount you could claim.  For full details and to apply go to

APRIL 21 4:20 PM – NEW INFO: Community Futures funding – the Prime Minister made an announcement on Friday April 17th that allocates $287M in funding to the Community Futures Program. This funding will be allocated towards smaller employers and businesses located in rural parts of the country who do not qualify for the recently announced wage subsidy or loans or who still need assistance in managing their operations through these challenging times. Details of this program will be made available as soon as possible. To read the full News Release from the Prime Ministers office, please click HERE.

APRIL 21 4:20 PM – NEW INFO: Canada Summer Jobs – If you had a successful application in for this program, there are changes to help ensure you are still able to take advantage of the program.  Changes include: an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee; an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021; allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services; allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis.  You will be contacted if you were approved for the program or you can also contact them at 1-800-935-5555 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105)

APRIL 21 4:20 PM – NEW INFO:  The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced.  To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.  Repayment time frame would be to December 3, 2022.  Business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through their banks and credit unions.

APRIL 21 4:20 PM – NEW INFO:  Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CERCA) to provide loans to commercial property owners, who in turn will lower or forgo rent of small businesses in April, May and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership with provincial and territorial governments who are responsible for property owner-tenant relationships.  More details will be available soon.

MARCH 26 12:30 PM – NEW INFO: Canada Emergency Response Program – just announced this morning.  $2000/month for up to four months for those that have lost their income due to COVID-19.  More details to come along with process next week at

MARCH 24 3:30 PM – NEW INFO: If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, the federal government is requesting your help. The Government of Canada is looking to hear from anyone that:

  • Manufactures in Canada and/or has ready access to necessary inputs through their supply chain,
  • Has 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, sanitizer, wipes, ventilators, and other medical equipment/supplies,
  • Has skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.

If you can help, you are encouraged to send a short summary of your offer to:

APRIL 6 2:20 PM – UPDATED INFO (better link only): Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers: To help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proposed the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This would provide a 75 per cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.  Further details will be shared as they are available.

Work-share Program: (designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. Employer Contact Centre: 1-800-367-5693. Extending Work-Sharing program: The Government of Canada is Implementing the EI Work Sharing Program, which provides EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers, by extending the eligibility of such agreements to 76 weeks, easing eligibility requirements, and streamlining the application process. This was announced by the Prime Minister on March 11, 2020.)

Support to Business:

Support to Canadians:

Employment Insurance (EI) Program: The Government of Canada offers benefits for individuals who may qualify if they have lost their job.; COVID EI claims can be made at: 1-833-381- 2725.  When you call this number this is the info re. ROES: when issuing ROE, use code D when reason = illness/quarantine, use code A when reason = shutdown due to shortage of work, use code E or N – not sick

COVID-19 updates:

Flexibility regarding filing Taxes:


Government of Alberta Resources

APRIL 6 2:20 PM – NEW INFO: Government of Alberta’s response to the COVID-19 – WebEx meetings will be held at 3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays to provide information on the Government of Alberta’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are a forum to share input and questions with government and to improve situational awareness with business and community. To request an invitation, contact

MARCH 26 12:30 PM – NEW INFO: Emergency Isolation Support Program – Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other source of pay or compensation.

MARCH 24 3:30 PM – NEW INFO: The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to for more information.

Current COVID-19 updates:

Information on Alberta Employment Standards for layoffs and terminations:

Support for Employers:

Income Support Program: Policy and contact info: (Note: your local office may be assessing via telephone, not in person at this time); Income Support can help you and your family with basic living costs and other necessities. Depending on your needs and situation you may be eligible to receive assistance through Alberta’s Income Support program.  It is income/asset tested for your entire household and “ongoing” and/or “emergency benefit” streams.

MARCH 24 3:30 PM – NEW INFO: Canada Alberta Job Grant – if you have inquiries about extensions to training given cancellations and postponed training or anything else, please ensure you are checking this website regularly as they will post updates. You can always call or email them at the info on their page as well if you have specific questions about your file.

Other Resources


COVID-19 Webinar – CPHR Alberta has launched a free webinar series for HR professionals facing the many challenges presented as the coronavirus pandemic evolves. As the situation changes and escalates, HR professionals are making difficult decisions affecting our employees and organizations.  From March 31 – April 23 they will host two webinars per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm – 1 pm MST. Click HEREfor webinar topics and to access registration.

COVID-19 Webinar – Navigating COVID-19 in Canada – What Employers Need to Know – March 27th.  Click HERE for full details and to register. (On-Demand Webinar.)

APRIL 6 2:20 PM NEW INFO: Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) – COVID 19 Small Business Help Desk –  CFIB is Canada’s largest small business association with 110,000 members across all provinces and industries.

APRIL 6 2:20 PM NEW INFO: CME(Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters) resources at

Easy to follow COVID19 safety guides

APRIL 6 2:20 PM NEW INFO: Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)– enabling women to build successful businesses is providing free remote supports:

MARCH 24 3:30 PM – NEW INFO:  BDC Webinar: How to Cope with the Impacts of COVID-19 on your business. It was very popular and they have therefore uploaded it to YouTube. Keep in mind it was done on March 23rd with the current information at the time.


Summary PDF of Government Programs offering Financial Assistance during COVID-19 outbreak : Click here.