COVID-19 Economic Resilience and Vision Task Force

Task force progress

A progress report was presented to Council on February 23, 2021.

The COVID-19 Economic Resilience and Vision Task Force is established by Bylaw 31-2020 (66.8 KB) .

The Task Force will provide policy and legislative recommendations to Council on economic recovery, resilience and vision in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, support for business and industry, and support for the local economy generally.


February 23, 2021

The task force has been working towards addressing the opportunities and key learnings from the progress report presented at Council on November 24, 2020. Affordability and financial support remain a priority and the task force has focused on addressing gaps and implementing methods to support Strathcona County’s economic and financial stability. Since November:

  • The Economic Development and Tourism (EDT) department continues to host training and sessions for local businesses to help them adapt and recover.
  • The Industrial Heartland Incentive Tax Exemption Bylaw was approved to attract more industrial projects to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.
  • A shop local campaign was created and implemented which provided ways for residents to support local businesses throughout the holidays and through the year.
  • Local tourism itineraries and ways to stay local and stay safe were created and shared with residents.
  • An affordable housing estimate was completed in partnership with Heartland Housing Foundation and the Social Framework Leadership Table. 
  • A provincial grant enabled the County to provide nearly $10,000 of support for local households facing food insecurity.
  • Work is ongoing for Strathcona County and developers to attract new residents.

Read the February 23, 2021 progress report in full:  Task force progress report - February 23, 2020 (162.8 KB)

Read the November 24, 2020 progress report in full:  Task force progress report - November 24, 2020 (157.7 KB)

Learn some of the ways Strathcona County and the community are adapting to and responding to COVID-19.

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Members Status
Brian Botterill Regular Voting
Robert Parks Regular Voting
Bill Tonita (Chair) Regular Voting
Rod Frank Ex-officio

Member terms commenced on May 12, 2020 and continue throughout the term of the task force. 

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2021 Meetings

2020 Meetings

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Planning documents

COVID-19 Economic Resilience and Vision Task Force Powerpoint Presentation (1.5 MB)

Workplan COVID-19 Economic Resilience and Vision Task Force (563.3 KB)

Contact information

Phone: 780-464-8140

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Last updated: Friday, March 05, 2021
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