As the COVID-19 situation and recovery evolves, we know that these are times of uncertainty and that every day brings new challenges and concerns. We’re here to reassure you that we’re available to help our Downtown business community and we’ll play a key role in keeping you up to date with the latest information – in whatever way we can. Below is a summary of current relief measures from various levels of government available to business owners.
Applications open July 7, 2021 - Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP)
Canada Recovery Hiring Program provides support to eligible employers that continue to experience qualifying declines in revenues relative to before the pandemic. You may be eligible to apply for an employee wage subsidy. Learn more.
Applications open May 17, 2021 - Stabilize Live Music Grant
Funded by the Government of Alberta, Alberta Music will be accepting one-time grant applications from musicians, industry professionals and for-profit music venues. Individual artists and live music venues can apply to receive a one-time Individual Micro Grant of $1,500 or $25,000 for for-profit music venues and businesses. Learn more.
Announced April 21, 2021 - City Waived 2021 BIA Levy
City Council has approved a grant program to fund the 2021 business improvement area (BIA) taxes for all businesses within the city’s 13 BIAs, including downtown. If your business has already paid your levy, you will be reimbursed by the end of June. Find out about your refund.
April 13, 2021 - Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant
On April 13, the provincial government announced that it will be reopening applications for SMERG grants. Up to $10,000 is available for businesses that have experienced a 30% or more reduction in revenue. This is in addition to the $20,000 previously made available. Learn more.
Feb 16, 2021 - Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
On Feb 16, 2021, applications opened for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund. Small businesses across Canada are eligible to receive up to $5,000 for eligible purchase of personal protective equipment, renovation of space to adhere to re-opening guidelines and website enhancements. Learn more.
Jan 26, 2021 - Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program
On January 26, 2021, the federal government announced the launch of the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). It will provide low-interest loans of $25,000 up to $1 million to businesses that have been hardest hit by the pandemic including restaurants, businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors, and those that rely on in-person service. Applications open February 1. Learn more.
Jan 6, 2021 - Restaurants Canada Free One Year Membership
Restaurants Canada is offering free one-year memberships to independent foodservice operators. Access industry updates, research, toolkits and more. Learn more.
Dec 4, 2020 - Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Loan Expanded
On December 4, 2020, the Federal Government announced that small businesses are now able to access a second Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loan of up to $20,000 – on top of the initial $40,000 that was available previously. The application deadline is March 31, 2021 and repayment is by December 31, 2022. Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans. Learn more here about CEBA.
Dec 8, 2020 - Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant Extended
On December 8, the federal government announced an extension to the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to include businesses that have opened during the pandemic. Previously, new businesses were not eligible. Applications start Feb 4, 2021. Learn more.
Nov 30, 2020 - New Grant for Tourism and Hospitality, Hotels, Arts and Entertainment Sectors
On November 30, the federal government announced the creation of The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). This program will offer 100 percent government-guaranteed financing for heavily impacted businesses (including those in sectors like tourism and hospitality, hotels, arts and entertainment) and provide low-interest loans of up to $1 million over extended terms, up to ten years. Rates will be lower than those offered in Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) and beneath typical market rates for hard-hit sectors. Details to be announced soon.
Nov 27, 2020 - Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant
On November 27, the Government of Alberta announced the revenue reduction criteria for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant has been lowered from 50 percent to 40 percent. If a business now meets the revenue reduction criteria and other eligibility criteria, they are able to apply. Learn more.
Nov 23, 2020 - Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) Changed to Allow Payment to Renters/Tenants
On November 23, the federal government launched the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS). Businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. Learn more.
Nov 19, 2020 - Canada Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Extended to June
On November 19, the federal government announced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been extended to June 2021, including changes to the rates and top-up calculation. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. Learn more
Nov 20, 2020 Edmonton’s Face Covering Bylaw 19408 Renewed Until Dec 31, 2021
On November 20, Edmonton City Council renewed the bylaw requiring the use of face coverings in all indoor places and public vehicles until December 31, 2021. This applies to the publicly accessible areas of businesses/retail and includes transit, transit centres and LRT platforms. Learn more. If you are a Downtown business requiring extra face mask, please contact the DBA. Limited supplies available. Reach out now.
Oct 15, 2020- Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant Updated
On October 15, the City of Edmonton updated the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant. The program provides individual businesses with matching microgrants of up to $1,000 in order to relaunch and strengthen their business models. Learn more.
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Learn more.
Faith-based and Cultural Facility Relaunch Grant Deadline is December 15
The Alberta Government’s Alberta Faith-Based and Cultural Facility Relaunch Grant provides a one-time reimbursement to relaunch facilities used for cultural, religious, spiritual and ceremonial gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The program is currently open and accepting applications until March 1, 2021. There are 2 intake deadlines, December 15, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Learn more.
Other Federal Government Resources
More federal government resources for individuals, businesses and sectors. Learn more