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Covid-19 Supports and Resources

Posted: Apr 29, 2021



We will continue to rely on the information gathered by  Canadian Chamber of Commerce  and are extremely grateful to be part of the Chamber network.
 
A huge thank you also goes to  Alberta Chambers of Commerce  who have been keeping us updated on a provincial front and working to make sure 124 community chambers in Alberta are sane and supported.

Provincial Health Information

Alberta: Support for Employers and Employees

Alberta Biz Connect

 

Federal Health Information

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan 

Federal Wage Subsidy
 
Work Share Program
 
Transitioning from CERB to EI
 
Canadian Business Resilience Network 

 

City of Lacombe Resources

Open in Lacombe   This document is being updated regularly - please check back often to the most accurate information

 

Grants and Funding Opportunities

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
  • examination fees
  • textbooks or software
  • other required materials directly relevant to the training course and distinct from materials required to run the employer's business

 




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