We're working hard to help the region on its path to fiscal recovery.
The COVID-19 pandemic has produced economic uncertainty both globally and right here at home. During these challenging times, we want to reassure the business community: we're in this together, and we're working hard to get local businesses back on their feet again.
Browse this section to find news and resources of benefit to businesses in the Lac Ste. Anne region.
COVID-19 news related to Local Businesses
Q: How are you communicating with the businesses?
A: The page you're viewing is part of the Lac Ste. Anne County and Town of Onoway's standalone website dedicated to keeping the business community (and the public at large) informed about the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses are advised to bookmark this website (partnersinprogress.ca) and refer back to it for the latest locally relevant COVID-19 news, resources and supports.
Q: What are you doing to support businesses through this time?
A: We will do all we can to support our local economy through this uncharted territory. The starting point for this help can be found here on the Partners in Progress website. This is where local businesses can find news, resources and supports specific to area business owners.
Q: When will restrictions be lifted?
A. Information about the COVID-19 pandemic changes rapidly and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. For up-to-date and accurate information on the Government of Alberta’s response to COVID-19 please visit COVID-19 coronavirus info for Albertans.
Q: How can we survive without a paycheque?
There are financial resources available to anyone who finds themselves suddenly without a paycheque during the COVID-19 pandemic—available through both the province of Alberta and the Canadian government. Visit www.alberta.ca/covid19 for details.
Initiatives for Local Business Resiliency
Resiliency Recommendations for Local Businesses
- The health and safety of yourself, your staff, customers and partners are number one priority; review the section below: Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
- Familiarize yourself with Human Resources policies and processes, including absenteeism, communications, sick leave, employee travel, social distancing, and workplace disinfecting; be clear and consistent with your employees; review Alberta Employment Standards
- Provide resources for those who have or will be laid off, explore the following sections: COVID-19: Financial Relief for Albertans (under Important News); COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses, and; Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
- Adhere to Cleaning and disinfection recommendations for COVID-19 (under Important News)
- Abide by physical distancing, gathering restrictions, and all provincial public health orders
- Abide by Alberta Biz Connect guidance for businesses and sectors (see below)
- Implement flexible working arrangements if possible; utilize virtual office environments like GoTo Meetings, Skype for Businesses, Google Hangouts, or Zoom
- Review your supply chain; have a Plan B in case of disruptions of service in your primary vendor(s)
- Work with customers and vendors to defer business instead of cancelling
- Explore options for online sales of products and gift cards
- Should your business need close for any reason, implement measures to reduce the risk of any criminal activity
- Keep storefront and sales area lights on
- Keep exterior lights on
- Turn off/unplug all equipment
- Store flammables and combustibles in secure location
- Keep cash register open and empty; do not leave cash on premises
- Secure other valuables if unable to take them off premises (equipment and stock)
- Secure and lock all doors and windows
- Activate security system and security surveillance equipment
- Prioritize your communications; be factual
- Build a communications plan to vendors, suppliers, customers, staff
- Be sure to communicate topics like: open vs. closed, hours of operation, special offers, items available online (products, gift cards), curbside pickup, takeout
- Be sure to ask your customers to share online if they've purchased a gift card or have supported your business in a specific way
- Be sure to use all communications tools like your website, social media, newsletter, email, flyers, posters, etc.
- Explore options to defer your capital costs
- If you're a mortgage holder, reach out to your bank to understand if they're offering any deferred payment programs
- If you rent space, speak with your landlord for support
- Review your insurance policies and speak with your insurance provider for support
- Monitor and preserve your cashflow carefully
Business owners and employees: you are not alone.
Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
As businesses prepare to reopen as part of Alberta's relaunch strategy, resources are available to help keep you, your staff, and your customers safe. By working together, we can ensure our sacrifices to slow the spread of COVID-19 are not wasted. To be successful during the economic relaunch, businesses should continue acting responsibly by following public health and physical distancing measures and using good hygiene and disinfecting practices.
This guidance supports all workplaces in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Alberta Health daily checklist: June 22
- Cohort groups: June 23
- Enhanced infection prevention and control measures
- Flushing water systems
- General relaunch guidance
- Hand sanitizer, what you need to know: June 23
- Industry-initiated COVID-19 testing: June 25
- Non-medical face masks for the general public
- Occupational Health and Safety resources
- COVID-19 orders and legislation
Guidance for businesses and sectors for Stage 1 of relaunch
This guidance supports sectors that were allowed to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic or could reopen under Stage 1 of relaunch.
- Campgrounds (private and municipal): June 30
- Day camps: June 22
- Daycare and out-of-school care (child care): June 11
- Disability services providers: June 8
- Dog parks: June 18
- Farmers' markets and public markets: June 18
- Food processing facilities: June 18
- Funeral homes: June 18
- Golf course and driving range operators: June 18
- Gondolas, trams and chairlifts: June 18
- Graduation ceremonies: June 30
- Grocery stores: June 30
- Hair salons and barbershops: June 18
- Health non-essential services: June 12
- Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals: June 30
- Hunting and fishing lodges, camps and outfitters: June 30
- Industrial work camps: June 5
- Interpretive attractions: June 18
- Malls and shopping centres: June 18
- Multi-family dwellings, condominiums and apartment buildings: June 18
- Museums and art galleries: June 9
- Outdoor events: June 30
- Outdoor fitness: June 22
- Places of worship: June 22
- Playgrounds: June 18
- Post-secondary institutions: June 22
- Preschools: June 11
- Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars: June 29
- Retail businesses: June 18
- Shelters: preventing, controlling and managing COVID-19: June 8
- Shooting (firearm) ranges: June 18
- Taxis, limos and rideshares: June 29
Guidance for businesses and sectors for Stage 2 of relaunch
This guidance supports businesses and sectors for their reopening under Stage 2 of relaunch, starting June 12.
- Animals and pets: June 22
- Bingo halls: June 25
- Casinos and racing entertainment centres: June 17
- Chartered tour buses, multi-city buses and passenger trains: June 13
- Drive-in style events: June 30
- Family day home/group family child care programs: June 11
- Food catering: June 11
- Home-based mobile and door-to-door operations: June 23
- Horse racing parks and motor raceways: June 30
- Indoor events: June 23
- Indoor recreation entertainment: June 9
- Large production facilities: June 15
- Libraries: June 9
- Live music, dance and theatre: June 25
- Movie theatres: June 9
- Office buildings: June 12
- Outdoor spray parks and wading pools: June 9
- Personal services: June 9
- Public rallies, marches and demonstrations: June 30
- Public transit (Alberta government to confirm)
- Rodeos: June 30
- School (K-12) re-entry guidance: June 10
- School (K-12) re-entry guidance, scenario 1: June 10
- School (K-12) re-entry guidance, scenario 2: June 10
- Screen-based production industry: June 12
- Seniors centres and seniors serving organizations: June 13
- Sport, physical activity and recreation (Stage 2): June 30
- Summer school re-entry: June 10
- Swimming pools and whirlpools: June 12
- Video lottery terminal retailers: June 17
- Warehouse operations: June 15
- Wellness services: June 30
Personal protective equipment
As businesses prepare to reopen, it's important to take measures to protect employees and customers:
- Practice good hygiene and thorough cleaning and disinfecting
- Use Health Canada approved hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers for use against COVID-19
- Conduct a hazard assessment to identify existing and potential hazards related to COVID-19
- Aid physical separation through barriers (Plexiglas), signage, floor markings and traffic flow controls to limit people in a space
Business owners can purchase PPE
Connect to PPE suppliers using the websites below. The government is not responsible for products or prices offered on these sites.
Alberta-based businesses that manufacture PPE
The Business Resilience Service allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small to medium sized business, not-for-profit or charity on how to respond and reshape amid uncertainty.
The program, delivered to your organization free of charge, provides guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility, direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations, help to make decisions to support recovery plans, and real time insights and feedback to policymakers.
To access the Business Resilience Service, call 1-866-989-1080 and connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. This service is available 7-days a week,
Essential workers are considered critical to preserving life, health and basic societal functioning. This includes, but is not limited to, first responders, healthcare workers, critical infrastructure workers, hydro and natural gas, and workers essential to supply society by critical goods such as food and medicines.
Businesses and services on the Essential Services list can continue to provide services at locations accessible to the public, but must have proper risk mitigation measures in place, such as sanitation stations and appropriate distancing between customers.
The intent of the Essential Services list is to provide general guidance to business owners and operators. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. If you have questions about how the Essential Services list may apply to your business, please email: BizConnect@gov.ab.ca.
Employers should consider their Business Continuity Plan and how COVID-19 could impact their workplace. To prepare, make plans to protect employees, limit spread in workplaces, ensure continuity of critical services if staff are ill or self-isolating, and explore alternate working arrangements, such as working from home or remotely and/or doing work that doesn't require contact with other people.
As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges or be worrying about the weeks to come in light of the actions taken by our Government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Business Link has gathered current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.
Business Link is a non-profit organization designed to help small business owners through one-on-one support and guidance, market research, access to experts, training, networking opportunities, and specialized support for Indigenous entrepreneurs. Talk to a small business advisor at Business Link, and get free advice, coaching and information on COVID-19 resources and supports.
Business Link is supported by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government.
COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for Canada
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
New Economic Recovery Council for Albertans
The Economic Recovery Council has been appointed to provide insight and expert advice on how to protect jobs during the economic crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent collapse in energy prices. The Council will also focus on strategies for long-term recovery from the crisis, including efforts to accelerate diversification of the Alberta economy.
COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses
- Alberta Credit Unions offer relief solutions
- Assisting innovative and early-stage businesses
- ATB Financial offers access to additional working capital
- Business Credit Availability Program for loan guarantee for SMEs
- Business Credit Availability Program for co-lending for SMEs
- Businesses unable to access other support measures
- Canada Emergency Business Account
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rental Assistance
- Industrial Research Assistance Program for early-stage businesses
- Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility
- Mid-Market Financing Program
- Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
- Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant
- Young entrepreneurs
- Utility payment deferrals for Albertans
- WCB premium payment deferrals for Albertans
- Education property tax deferral for Albertans
- Corporate income tax changes for Albertans
- More time to pay income taxes
- Deferral of sales tax remittance and customs duty payments
- Tourism levy deferrals for Albertans
- ATB Financial offers payment deferrals on loans and lines of credit
- Alberta Credit Unions offer relief solutions
COVID-19 Financial Support Measures for Various Sectors
- Keeping workers in food supply chain safe
- Increasing credit availability
- Helping food producers access more PPE and adapt to health protocols
- Helping producers faced with additional costs incurred by COVID-19
- Increasing the Canadian Dairy Commission borrowing limit
- Helping redistribute existing and unsold inventories
- Increasing interim payments from 50% to 75% through AgriStability
- Expanding the AgriInsurance to include labour shortage