Avenues to Covid – 19 Information

March 18, 2020

Avenues to Covid – 19 Information

April 1, 2020

This is the statement from Provincial Emergency Operations Centre:

Although non-essential businesses are to remain closed to public access, business owners and employees are able to continue to work out of their business facility to take care of crucial tasks that cannot be done remotely, to retrieve necessary materials or documents, or for the purpose of facilitating the fulfillment of online or mobile ordering, as long as proper precautionary measures have been put in place such as physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and ensuring hand sanitizer is readily available.

This will be coming out in a media release by 4 o’clock.

Also, with the wage support program now increased to 75%, some of you may wish to hire back some of your employees.  This is permissible as long as AHS proper precautions are in place as listed above. (Please note the remaining 25% in wages is to be paid by the business owner.)

And as noted in the https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx and precautionary measures are followed, curbside and deliveries are acceptable.

Please use the Text4Hope tool available.  This is supporting Mental Health & Wellness in a Time of Stress & Isolation

Text: COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.

 

March 30, 2019

Alberta Health Services

https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

List of essential services

https://www.alberta.ca/essential-services.aspx

 

March 27, 2020

Good news from our Federal Government this morning.  Small business will receive financial assistance to get through these trying times.  Please see government websites for upcoming information on this much needed financial assistance. Your banking providers will also assist you in these measures.

Please note: Online scamming activities are a very real and threatening risk to your business during this time of uncertainty.   Please be vigilant in what personal information you are sending through online mediums. Here is a link for information  to guard you against this potential activity.

https://auma.ca/news/cyber-security-remain-vigilant-against-online-scammers

 

March 26, 2020

Covid-19 Business Resiliency

The Chamber of Commerce along with the City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie Economic Development Departments are working together to provide a unified approach to supporting local businesses during these unprecedented times.  Many businesses may be experiencing difficult choices or financial hardship during the Covid-19 crisis and below is a list of resources to help you navigate various levels of support. Please check back often as we update this page and provide additional resources, including locally hosted webinars.

Please check out the Chamber of Commerce website for webinars to attend.

Provincial

COVID-19 support for employers and employees
https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx

Federal

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre – CFIB
https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/small-business-resources-dealing-covid-19#govt

Finding the way forward: Guiding businesses through coronavirus (COVID-19) – Grant Thornton
https://www.grantthornton.ca/insights/coronavirus-covid-19/finding-the-way-forward-guiding-businesses-through-coronavirus-COVID-19/

 

March 25, 2020

Here is a short but very important survey regarding the impacts of Covid-19 and your business.
Please take the time to fill this out as this will be extremely helpful in gaining information on emerging business needs and advocacy pathways towards government. This will be a full snapshot of where we stand in this region as well as other regions.
This survey is now on the GP Chamber of Commerce website as well as the Downtown Association website.  No membership is required for this gathering of information.
Note: You most likely will receive several requests from different partners to fill out the survey. We are all working together.

 

March 20, 2020

Here is some additional information for businesses.

Government of Canada

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

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

Corporate Income Tax
• The Alberta government has deferred corporate income tax balances and installment payments from March 19 until August 31, 2020.

https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/corporate-income-tax-special-notice-vol-5-no-56-deferral-of-corporate-income-tax-payments

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.

https://www.bdc.ca/en/about/mediaroom/news_releases/pages/bdc-announces-additional-measures-provide-relief-canadian-entrepreneurs.aspx

•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.

https://www.atb.com/resources/alerts/covid-19/

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

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

With all that is going on, we as a core community have come together to get through this.

Tax and Levy relief measures for Grande Prairie have not yet been confirmed.

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.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business

Help for employees

Government of Canada

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

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

Helpful Resources

March 18, 2020

 

Government of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

City of Grande Prairie

https://www.cityofgp.com/culture-community/news-events/covid-19-response

Alberta Chamber of Commerce

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/ACC-response-to-COVID-19-UPDATED.html?soid=1105984887396&aid=4fv7fVDco7o

Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce

http://www.grandeprairiechamber.com/

Resources for Small Businesses Affected by Covid-19

https://businesslink.ca/covid-19