Covid-19 Supports and Resources
Posted: Apr 29, 2021
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Alberta Innovates extended its INNOVATION RELIEF and RECOVERY FUND (IRR to help more small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The IRR program offers tech businesses access to various technical and business supports that are not covered through other relief programs. Project activities may include product testing and refinement, manufacturing capacity improvement, customer discovery work as well as professional services such as human resources, legal, and financial required to support relief and recovery. Support for each project ranges from $5,000 up to $10,000. Stay up to date with the latest news in Alberta's innovation ecosystem, and learn about exciting new project and funding opportunities.
The INNOVATION EMPLOYMENT GRANT encourages economic growth by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D) with a grant worth up to 20% of qualifying expenditures. The program promotes investment and diversification by rewarding all R&D spending in Alberta, regardless of the industry, and complementing the Job Creation Tax Cut by focusing on small and medium-sized firms in the earlier stages of operation, when they might not yet be profitable. The Innovation Employment Grant is delivered through the corporate tax system and does not follow a formal application process. Eligible corporations will be able to claim the grant when they file their annual corporate tax returns.
The CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT (ongoing intake) is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their employee(s) for eligible training costs. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees.
-Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of one-third of the total training costs for existing employees. Government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee per fiscal year. If hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee.
-Individual employers will have a cap of $300,000 for the amount of grant funding they can receive per fiscal year. This ensures that funding is available for as many Alberta employers as possible.
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is available for direct training costs only, including:
tuition fees or instructional fees charged by the training provider
mandatory student fees
textbooks or software
other required materials directly relevant to the training course and distinct from materials required to run the employer's business