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COVID-19  Information & Resources

Following the announcement of enhanced public health measures, the Government of Alberta has made guidelines on reduced capacities and occupant loads available on their website.

These guidelines cover definitions, instructions, and suggestions for how affected businesses can determine their occupant load under the Fire Code.

View these guidelines now.



November 22nd Update:


On November 22nd, Athabasca County moved to Enhanced Status on the Provincial Relaunch Status Map, with 10 active cases and an active case rate of 75.8 per 100,000 people. This status change includes all communities within the County’s limits. For reference, the threshold for moving to Enhanced Status is an active case rate of 50 per 100,000 with at least 10 active cases.

 

Effective November 13, areas under Enhanced Status will now have additional measures in place, including:

 

Mandatory measures:

  • Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10pm and close by 11pm - applies to Class A, B or C licenses (Nov 13-27).
  • 15-person limit on social and family gatherings - indoors and outdoors - where people are mixing and mingling.
  • 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services.

 

Voluntary measures:

  • No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community. Instead, socialize outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other business that are subject to legal limits and take steps to prevent transmission.
  • Limit of 3 cohorts: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort. Young children who attend child care can be part of 4 cohorts.
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place.
  • Employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.
  • Faith-based gatherings limited to 1/3 capacity at one time.

 

The measures related to group fitness, group performance, and team sport activities do not apply to your area at this time.

 

Additional information on the new measures can be found here, along with guidance on gatherings and cohorts, as well as masking best practices.


Businesses may download and print posters here.

 


Athabasca’s Mayor, Council and Staff would like to send a message of encouragement and thanks to the members of our community, however no words can completely capture our gratitude. These have been challenging times for all, we each face unique trials in our lives as we move through these uncertain times together. 

We would like to thank each of you for doing what you can, working from home, social distancing, and self-isolating. These steps are of great value and support community essential service workers who continue to provide services to our community. Thank you to our community’s essential service workers, healthcare workers, first responders, transportation services and our local supermarkets, for your continued service in these challenging times. 


We encourage you to take comfort that Athabasca is a community that has overcome great obstacles in our history and we will continue to do so. In times of hardship the members of our community show up with acts of kindness and support for others in our community that is profoundly moving.

We thank you for making us all proud to call Athabasca home.


 

Our Sincerest Gratitude
Mayor, Council and Staff

 

The Town of Athabasca is a member of the TED COMMITTEE and the following information and resources has been assemble for those that require assistance.



Municipal Programs

ATHABASCA COUNTY and the TED COMMITTEE in partnership with ATB Entrepreneurship Centre, the Athabasca and Boyle Chambers of Commerce will deliver a series of virtual business workshops and webinars:


ATB Proposal

Try ATB BoostR to test, launch and grow your business; to bring in much needed cash by leveraging the crowd, and having a platform to facilitate online transactions. From May 1 to July 1, all platform and processing fees will be waived. This allows 100% of what is raised through a campaign to flow directly to the business.

How will this help?

Businesses can submit a campaign through the ATB BoostR site and encourage their ‘crowd’ to support.  ATB will be looking at ways to encourage Albertans to get involved and help promote these local businesses and their requests.  This program will

  • Find new ways to get products to customers.
  • Pivot to try something new.
  • Sell existing inventory online.
  • Pre-sell products, experiences or gift cards.

For more information please go to ATB BoostR.

Other webinars planned for the future include:

  • Business Accelerator Program and Rural pop-up strategies.
  • Funding for Arts-Culture-Non-Profits & Indigenous partnerships.
  • Business & Agriculture entrepreneurship strategies.
  • Succession planning, HR issues and mental health.
  • Funding for Business technology development and Innovation

 

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Toolkit

Click on the link below for a  free Business Interruption and Recovery Toolkit

VIEW TOOLKIT

Provincial Programs

*NEW*  Small Medium Size Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG)

To support business at this time modifications to the Small Medium Size Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG) has been introduced. Starting the week of December 14, job creators who have experienced a 30% revenue loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic will qualify for the program, lowering the threshold from the existing 40% revenue loss requirement. This 30% threshold will be available to impacted businesses retroactive to March, 2020.

For further information and updates on the SMERG program visit:  https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx.


IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY: No fee one-on-one business consultations with lawyers, accountants, marketing, e-commerce specialists and more (by phone, email or live chat). This is a free service jointly funded by the provincial/federal governments and delivered through the Business Link in Edmonton. For further information and to book your free appointment go to: https://businesslink.ca/

Agricultural Job Connector – apply for and post agricultural related jobs.  https://www.alberta.ca/agriculture-job-connector.aspx

$100 million in funding available for Orphan Well Reclamation and oil services sector job generation.

https://www.alberta.ca/liability-management-statutes-amendment-act.aspx

Six Month Deferral of timber dues : https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=70000C5E160A8-0893-2ABA-EAC0F19EF694D2DE

 Alberta Biz Connect assistance: https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx

Alberta Income Support Program: https://www.alberta.ca/income-support.aspx

Alberta Government Small Business Resources: https://www.alberta.ca/small-business-resources.aspx

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development: https://www.afrea.ab.ca/alberta-agriculture-and-rural-development

Development funding programs: http://www.iae.alberta.ca/media/324115/funding-programs-community-regional-economic-development.pdf

Funding for innovation start-ups at Alberta Innovates: https://albertainnovates.ca/

Alberta’s Layoff & Recall Directive: https://www.alberta.ca/Layoff-and-recall-directive.aspx

COVID-19 Updates from Government for Albertans: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Government of Alberta – COVID-19: Support for Albertans: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx

Government of Alberta – COVID-19 Support for employers and employees: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx

Help Prevent the Spread: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx

Travel Advice: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-travel-advice.aspx

How to Self-Isolate:  https://www.alberta.ca/self-isolation.aspx

Cases in Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-data.aspx

Federal Programs

Support for self-employed individuals

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June

More time to pay income taxes

Access to credit

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

BDC Business Credit Availability Program

Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy

Extending the Work-Sharing program

Supporting financial stability

Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program

Bank of Canada’s actions

Other Business Support

Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June

SUPPORT FOR WORKERS AND FAMILIES

Flexibility for Taxpayers

Mortgage Default Management Tools

Income Support for Individuals Who Need it Most

 OTHER PROGRAMS

IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY: No fee one-on-one business consultations with lawyers, accountants, marketing, e-commerce specialists and more (by phone, email or live chat). This is a free service jointly funded by the provincial/federal governments and delivered through the Business Link in Edmonton. For further information and to book your free appointment go to: https://businesslink.ca/

NEW!  Indigenous Tourism Industry Fund (up to $25K per applicant) https://indigenoustourism.ca/corporate/tourism-development-funding-support-program/

NEW!  Business Support Programs

  • 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
  • Small businesses & self-employed individuals GST Deferral
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (up to $25 billion in interest free loans for small business)
  • Export Development Canada; credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to small and medium-sized businesses.
  • Small employer wage subsidy

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/27/prime-minister-announces-support-small-businesses-facing-impacts

Wage Subsidy for Businesses: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/frequently-asked-questions-wage-subsidy-small-businesses.html

Supports for small businesses: http://canada.ca/covid-19-business

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

Work-share/lay-off avoidance Program: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing.html

Employment Insurance Program: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html

Employment Rules for Layoffs and Terminations: https://www.alberta.ca/temporary-layoffs.aspx

Community Futures Business Continuity Workbook: https://www.communityfutures.ca/sites/default/files/business-continuity-workbook-2019-web.pdf

Advisory Services to Businesses – loans to small and medium-sized businesses, self-employment assistance programs and services targeted to youth and entrepreneurs with disabilities. www.wd.gc.ca/eng/4897.asp

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC); http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/agriculture-and-agri-food-canada/?id=1395690825741

Funding for Aboriginal Economic Development Projects: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100014444

The Aboriginal Canada Funding Portal: http://www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/acp/site.nsf/eng/funding.html

Canada’s Economic Response Plan: http://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business

For ongoing general Federal updates: http://www.canada.ca

Call to Action for Manufacturers: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/manufacturers-needed.html


Other Valuable Resources

COVID Employment Insurance Claims can be made by calling 1-833-381- 2725

The Business Link business assistance and advisory services: https://businesslink.ca/

Federation of Canadian Municipalities provides a Disaster Management and Reconstruction initiative. For more information www.fcm.ca

Athabasca Chamber of Commerce: https://www.athabascachamber.org/

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce: http://www.chamber.ca/

The Economic Developers Association of Alberta offers businesses helpful information and webinars: http://www.edaalberta.ca/

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