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Limited changes to restrictions - January 14

The Government of Alberta announced personal and wellness services are permitted to open by appointment only as of January 18, 2021.

The rest of the provincial mandatory public health measures implemented on December 8 and 13 remain in effect. These measures help address rising COVID-19 spread and protect the health care system. Business supports are available. Visit BizConnect for details.

Several government programs have recently announced new or extended financial supports for businesses:

Alberta Relaunch Funding Program expansion as of February 4th. New businesses now eligible to apply. Businesses impacted by public health orders qualify based on 30% reduction in revenue comparing November or December 2020 to any other month between March and October 2020.

Applications for second payment opened December 14, thresholds reduced to 30% wage decrease due to COVID and amount increased to $20,000 total.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund Additional funding announced.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Direct payments to renters and property owners. Businesses that are eligible for the base subsidy, and that have been adversely affected due to a public health lockdown can qualify for an additional Lockdown Support of 25% for each location.

Canada Emergency Business Account Loans increased to $60,000; previous recipients may apply for the $20,000 expansion.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extended to June 2021; changes to the rates and top-up calculation.

Tourism Levy Abatement Abatement period extended from December 31, 2020 to March 21, 2021.

Businesses are supported during COVID-19 recovery

COVID-19 guidance for businesses

Resources offered to businesses

The health and safety of our community remains our top priority, and the COVID-19 situation continues to change rapidly. As an economic driver, we value the critical role your business plays in our community providing products, services and employment.

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Last updated: Monday, January 18, 2021
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