COVID-19 Resources


The Brooks and District Chamber of Commerce continues to monitor and advocate for businesses during the COVID – 19 pandemic.  Our members continuity and recovery is of utmost importance to us.  On this page you will find information on our advocacy, resources for employers and employees and recent updates.

Advocacy

·     assistance for businesses with taxes

·       assistance for landlords of businesses who are closed

Shopping Etiquette during COVID-19
 
* Wash hands prior to going to store

* If hand sanitizer is available, please use.  This is put out there for your safety as well as staff and patrons
* Try to limit shopping trips

* Do not shop while you have any type of cold, ask friends or family to shop for you 
   (go could weaken the immunue system of someone who is a high risk for contracting COVID-19)

* Call ahead if the store offers this service

* Use tap, debit and credit cards not cash for purchases

* Respect the 2 meter rule

* Try to touch only what you are purchasing

* Wash hands when you get home and wipe down packaging

June 30th
Relaunch grant for small to medium size businesses. Here

June 15th at 11AM
Register for zoom meeting with CMHC on Commercial Rent Subsidy Program brought to you by Alberta Chamber of Commerce. Here

May 25th Updates:


Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Here

Canadian Business Resilience Network Here

CECRA Rent Relief Program for Business Here


Employer and Employee Supports (click on the name to go to website) 

Wage subsidy:

Essential services:  

Alberta support for employers 
Immediate provincial funding and supportive measures for local businesses, employers and employees.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit:
$2000 a month for Canadian who have lost their job, sick, quarantined or taking care of someone sick with COVID-19.

Employee support 
Financial relief to Alberta families and vulnerable populations

EI Information and Application:
Regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. 

EI Sickness Benefit Federal
Provides up to 15 weeks of income replacement for eligible Albertans who are unable to work due to illness, injury, or quarantine (self-isolation)
 
EI Work Sharing:
EI benefits to workers who agreee to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyone the control of their employers, by extending the eligibility of such agreements to 76 weeks, easing eligibility requirements, and streamlining the application process.

Job Protected Leave:
If you are required to self-isolate, you can take up to 14 days of job protected leave.

Emergency Care Benefit Federal:

Provides up to 15 weeks of $900 bi-weekly payments to workers without paid sick leave, who are sick, quarantined, or forces to stay home to care for children.

Income Tax Deferral:

The Canada Revenue Agency will defer the filing dure date for the 2019 tax returns fo individuals, including certain trusts.  For individuals, the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020.  For trust having a taxation year ending on Dec 31, 2019, the return filing due date will be derferred until May 1, 2020

Registered Retirement Income Funds:
The required minimum withdrawal from RRIF's will be reduce by 25% in 2020.

Student Loan Deferral
As of March 30, 2020, all student loan repayment and interest charges will automatically be paused for 6 months for both national and provincial student loans.

Worker's compensation Board of Alberta
If a worker contracts COVID-19 as a direct result of their employment, theya re entitled to compensation if certain conditons are met.

Utilitiy Payment Deferral
Residential, farm and small commercial customers can derer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off, regardless of the service provider.  This program came into effect on March 18, 2020 and will run through June 18, 2020.

Property Tax Reduction and Deferral
Residential education property tax rates will be frozen at last year's level - reversing the 3.4% population and inflation increase added in Budget 2020.

Mortgage Deferral
Canada Mortgage and Houseing Corporation is providing increased flexibility for homeowners facing financial difficulties to defer mortgage payments on homeowner CMHC insured mortgage loans.

Day Cares
Select day cares will remain open to offer childcare for essential workers.

Financial Institution Deferral and Relief
Canada's six largest banks (Bank of Montreal, CIBS, National Bank of Canada, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank and TD Bank) along with ATB Financial and credit unions, are providing various options to pause mortgage payments and manage other debt.

Updates

Chief Medical Officer of Health Update

 https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=69961C8FA869F-A2ED-1F01-91C6C6B3800FCC51

Federal Government Supports Update

 https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html

Alberta Government Supports Update

https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_term=prevention&utm_content=v1&msclkid=d36241d868ea13f168841f5bf9857179

March 30th

Today, we learned more details about the federal government’s Temporary Wage Subsidy Program, including: 

  • Businesses and non-profits of all size are eligible for the subsidy if they have experienced a drop in revenue of at least 30%.
     
  • The measure will cover 75% of annual earnings up to $58,700 or $847 per week. 
     
  • The measure is retroactive to March 15, 2020.

This inclusive framework is just what we have been calling for. It will help protect and preserve otherwise healthy Canadian for-profit and non-profit organizations.

April 4th
COVID - 19 funding available from FCSS Association of Alberta on behalf of the Government of Alberta. This funding is open to Registered Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations who provide supports to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans within our region except Bassano who will go to their FCSS organization. To apply please contact
FCSS

What to do if you think you have COVID-19: A Guide for each province and territory. Link

April 9th
Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program:
* an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee.
*an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021
*allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services
*allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis

Rogers partners with Canadian Chamber of Commerce to offer business deals see attached file www2.enterprise.rogers.com/CCC-Covid-19

April 14th
List of buisnesses who are still open see attachement

April 27
Wage Subsidy Here

May
Relaunch Strategy Here

PPE Request form for businesses Here

Alberta Business Connect Here

Slower Phase one for Brooks Here

Free Covid-19 Tip Sheets Here

Assistance for Hotel and Lodging Operators: Here



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