The Province of Alberta has launched their Biz Connect site. Biz Connect provides workplace guidance and supports to help businesses affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.
The Province of Alberta staged COVID-19 recovery plan for the gradual reopening of businesses and services can be found here.
Airdrie Economic Development has launched a new program called Right for Business Support Program. This program is intended to provide access to critical advisors and business service professionals to help businesses with advice and clear information on programs and services to help them remain resilient through this pandemic.
This program will run as a pilot project until the end of August and will have multiple streams of support depending on the business needs and stage.
Check out our Ready to relaunch page for information about how your business can prepare to reopen.
NEW - Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant
Applications open July 1 for the Government of Alberta Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant.
The grant is for businesses that were ordered to close or curtail operations as a result of public health orders, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50% in April and/or May 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding.
Financial assistance for businesses
The following are programs and opportunities that could help you during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Payment deferrals (City of Airdrie, utilities, taxes & other)
WCB 2020 premium deferrals
Financing available for businesses
The federal government has announced financing by way of loans for small businesses, through the following:
Commercial Rent Assistance
If you are a business that is open, Alberta Biz Connect has workplace guidance and supports for businesses affected by COVID-19.
Information about which businesses are allowed to operate can be found in Business Operation Guidelines section.
Promote your business
The City of Airdrie is offering local, licensed businesses the opportunity to use Things that are Open to communicate product and service offerings to residents. Register your business for free, and be sure to keep your profile up-to-date.
There are still restrictions on some business sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To find out more about restricted and non-restricted businesses see this list.
Looking for someone to talk to? These organizations welcome calls from business owners and offer services at no charge.
Business Link has business advisors available (weekdays 8:30am – 4:30pm) via email, phone or online chat platform to advise business owners. Call 780.422.7722 or email using the form on their website.
Community Futures Centre West
A business advisor is available to discuss your concerns. Visit the website or call 403.389.8272.
City of Airdrie Economic Development
The Economic Development department is available to support Airdrie businesses. Contact the team to ask questions or discuss challenges at 403.948.8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on mental health.
If you need help, please reach out. There are many resources available to support you. For more mental health support information please click the button below.
City of Airdrie
If you're looking to offer a product or service to the City of Airdrie, your first step is registering for MERX, an online bidding system. More information
Provincial Bits and Pieces Program
Submit your offer of products or services to the Alberta Bits and Pieces Program if you're interested in supporting the COVID-19 response.
If there is a requirement for your product or service, you will be contacted by a representative of the Government of Alberta.
Critical email updates will be sent directly to businesses using the e-mail address you provided for your business license.
Our Airdrie@Work business e-newsletter provides regular updates and helpful information. Subscribe here.
Other City Services
All City of Airdrie service departments are providing all regular services (i.e. Planning & Development, Building Inspections, etc), but in a modified fashion to minimize risk to the public and employees. Our goal remains to support our business community and clients that rely on our services.
Staff in all departments are still available by telephone and email. If you require assistance over the phone, please call 403.948.8800.
- Government of Canada & Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Canadian Business Resilience Network
- Business Development Bank of Canada: COVID-19 Resource Guide for Businesses
- Business Link: Resources for Alberta Small Businesses affected by COVID-19 including remote Ask an Expert Sessions and one-on-one advice
- COVID-19 Stage 2 business relaunch survey results (pdf)
- COVID-19 Stage 1 business relaunch survey results (pdf)
- Water Stagnation Fact Sheet (pdf)
- Covid-19 Business Impact Support Survey Highlights (pdf)
- Covid-19 Business Impact Support Survey Results (pdf)