COVID Supports and Info Business

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant, and decisive action to support Canadian businesses facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service Canada Business Support Brochure

Government of Canada CERS Funding

Government of Alberta Request for PPE Form

Government of Canada Economic Response Plan

Avoiding layoffs, rehiring employees and creating new jobs

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
  • Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy
  • Extending the Work-Sharing program
  • Creating new jobs and opportunities for youth

Taxes and tariffs

  • More time to pay income taxes
  • Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June
  • Waiving tariffs on certain medical goods

Financial support, loans and access to credit

  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) interest-free loans
  • Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
  • Mid-Market Financing Program
  • Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program
  • Businesses in the territories
  • Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) for early-stage businesses
  • Additional support by sector

Targeted support

  • Young entrepreneurs
  • Women entrepreneurs

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

Indigenous businesses

  • Relief measures for Indigenous businesses
  • Supporting business through the pandemic and into recovery
  • Supporting the Indigenous tourism industry

Indigenous peoples can also access all other benefits.

Supporting financial stability

  • Relief for federally regulated pension plan sponsors
  • Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program
  • Bank of Canada's actions
  • Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions actions


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Support for sectors

Agriculture and agri-food

  • Keeping workers in the food supply chain safe
  • Increasing credit availability
  • Helping food producers access more PPE and adapt to health protocols
  • Helping producers faced with additional costs incurred by COVID-19
  • Increasing the Canadian Dairy Commission borrowing limit
  • Helping redistribute existing and unsold inventories
  • Increasing interim payments from 50% to 75% through AgriStability
  • Expanding AgriInsurance to include labour shortage
  • Additional support for your business

Aquaculture and fisheries

  • Keeping workers in the food supply chain safe
  • Increasing credit availability
  • Assisting the fish and seafood processing sector
  • Fish Harvester Grant Benefit
  • Fish Harvester Grant  Business
  • Changes to EI for self-employed fish harvesters and sharespersons
  • Additional support for your business

Culture, heritage and sport

  • Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations
  • Supporting Canada’s six national museums and the National Battlefields Commission
  • Helping the National Arts Centre continue its operations
  • Waiving payments for Part I licence fees
  • Additional support for your business

Air transportation

  • Continuing the supply of essential goods and services to remote and fly-in communities
  • Waiving ground lease rents
  • Additional support for your business


  • Deferring payments on commercial leases and licenses of occupation
  • Additional support for your business


  • Cleaning up orphan and inactive oil and gas wells
  • Launching the Emissions Reduction Fund
  • Additional support for your business

Academic and research

  • Providing wage support for universities and health research institutes
  • Covering eligible costs to maintain research activities


  • Funding for communities


Support for organizations helping Canadians

Services to those in need

  • Helping vulnerable Canadians
  • Improving access to essential food support


  • Supporting the delivery of items and personal outreach
  • Providing immediate and essential services to seniors

People who need it most

  • Supporting people experiencing homelessness
  • Supporting women and children fleeing violence
  • Providing youth with mental health support
  • Supporting public health efforts through the Canadian Red Cross
  • Additional support for your organization

People with disabilities

  • Providing resources to improve workplace accessibility and access to jobs
  • Investing in projects through the Accessible Technology Program


 Government of Alberta Supports for Employers and Employees



Alberta's Relaunch Strategy

Premier Jason Kenney has released the Government of Alberta's Relaunch Strategy. Click here to see it


Alberta's Recreation Relaunch Guidelines

The Government of Alberta has provided guidelines for the recreation sector. They are available below;


Banks and Credit Unions 

Credit unions

  • Business members should contact their credit union directly to work out a plan for their personal situation

ATB Financial

  • ATB small business customers can:
    • apply for a payment deferral on loans and lines of credit for up to 6 months
    • access additional working capital for ATB customers
    • Other ATB business and agriculture customers can access support on a one-on-one basis. Further solutions are being considered at this time


Business Link has resources for small businesses related to COVID-19. They will update the website as new information and resources become available.


Economic Developers Alberta Needs Assessment Survey

The Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has created an online survey to collect data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to businesses, to ensure we all have the best and most relevant information possible. The primary goal is to identify immediate and emerging business needs and trends, in order to ensure all of our economic development partners, and key stakeholders are able to provide the best response possible. If you are a business owner and are interested in providing feedback, please take the survey here.


Institute for Sustainable Development

Tip sheet for Alberta Businesses and Community Leaders on addressing the Social and Economic Fall-Out from the Coronavirus. You can view it here.


Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has launched a micro-site regarding COVID-19 and supports/resources available for Canadian small & medium-sized businesses. There are other resources currently available on the website as well as a COVID-19 related newsletter. 


Alberta Chamber of Commerce

The Alberta Chamber of Commerce provides a daily update regarding Provincial and Federal Government responses and news releases about the economic recovery plan for COIVD-19. 


Community Futures Peace Country

Community Futures Peace River has developed a radio advertising platform specifically for small businesses that are trying to move from walk-in traffic to delivery during this crisis. These advertising spots are free and are on a first-come, first-served basis and are open to up to 12 businesses only. Fill out the form and email it to 


For more info, contact Community Futures Peace River at 780.624.1161


Canadian Business Resilience Network

In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery. More information in the coming weeks.


CBNR Reopening Toolkit

This toolkit prepared by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Canadian Business Resilience Network is designed to provide guidance, or access to guidance, for business owners and senior managers responsible for re-establishing their operations while ensuring the health and safety of operators, staff, customers and the general public is at the forefront.


City of Leduc Informative Guide

The City of Leduc has created a very handy and informative guide regarding business supports during COVID-19, check it out here.


Webinars & Articles for Businesses

 Updated November 27th, 2020