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COVID-19 Business news and updates

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May 19, 2020

On May 15, the Government of Alberta released more information on what businesses can do for staff and customer safety when reopening their business. Visit www.alberta.ca/biz-connect to lea​rn more.​

May 14, 2020

Update to reopening strategy

On May 13, the Government of Alberta announced new changes to the relaunch strategy stage 1 for Calgary.  This includes the delay to restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars to reopen to May 25.

May 4, 2020

Provincial relaunch strategy

The Government of Alberta has released it’s relaunch strategy for lifting restrictions on some businesses and services as early as May 14. Read more about the relaunch strategy.

April 25, 2020

Rent relief for small businesses

The Canada Emergency Rent Assistance program will provide 50% of rent for April, May, and June of this year. Find out more about rent relief for Alberta’s small businesses.

April 24, 2020

City of Calgary Utility Bill Deferral

If you are finding it challenging to pay your water, waste and recycling utility bill due to COVID-19, please call ENMAX, The City’s contracted customer care and billing provider, at 310-2010 to discuss payment options.

  • Residential customers, and small business customers who used less than 2,500 m3 of water in 2019, may request payment deferral for three months from March 18 to June 19, 2020 without penalty or interest.
  • Customers requesting payment deferral who used more than 2,500 m3 in 2019 will be referred by ENMAX to The City for review and decision.

The City encourages customers to pay what they comfortably can during this time to avoid larger bills later.

Customers will not have their water service disconnected for non-payment during this time.

April 21, 2020

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy is a Go

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a new online calculator to calculate your subsidy amount. Starting on Monday, April 27 companies can apply for the wage subsidy online.

April 18, 2020

Interactive map for commercial truck drivers

Truck drivers can now find open restaurants, rest areas and vehicle inspection stations on Alberta’s highways. Map of facilities and services available to truckers.

April 8, 2020​

Property Tax Bylaw Passed

Municipal and provincial tax increases have lead to a combined increase ​of 7.5% for residential taxpayers. That is $240 per year ($20 per month) for the median assessed property of $455,000 after the Council rebate.

Excluding the impact of assessment changes and Phased Tax Program (PTP) rebates, non-residential taxpayers will see a combined decrease of 12.07% or $2,640 per $1 million of assessed value annually ($220 per month) after the Council rebate.

Changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Employers can now claim CEWS if they’ve had a 15% drop (instead of 30%) in revenue in March. For more information visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/wage-subsidy.html.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Government of Canada will subsidize 100% of wages (up to the local minimum wage) for businesses and non-governmental organizations to hire students for full time or part-time jobs. The end date for employment has been extended to February 28, 2021. For more information visit https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/04/08/changes-canada-summer-jobs-program-help-businesses-and-young.

Free 30-minute Parking Zone changes

To help local businesses and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting on April 9, all paid on-street parking zones will allow for a grace period of up to 30 minutes at no cost to the customer. Learn more by visiting the Short-term Parking Zone change​ webpage.

Municipal Property Tax Relief

Council approved municipal property tax relief measures that support taxpayers facing financial hardship. Two new significant relief measures were approved including:

Tax payment deadline extended to September 30
The tax payment deadline for 2020 property tax has been extended from June 30 to September 30 without a late payment penalty, providing flexibility during these difficult times.

Budget wisely, join TIPP filing fee-free
The Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) filing fee has been suspended for 2020. Join TIPP to make budgeting easier or cancel TIPP to increase your immediate cash flow and rejoin later in 2020 without the filing fee. Join TIPP calgary.ca/tipp.

Learn more about municipal property tax relief measures at calgary.ca/propertytax.

March 31, 2020

Federal government update: All businesses seeing 30% drop in revenue due to pandemic will be eligible for 75% wage subsidies.

Find out more at Support to Businesses - Canada.ca, or for questions visit Frequently Asked Questions – Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers​​.

March 29, 2020

Business Improvement Area late payments cancelled until June 30

City Council approved the cancellation of any Business Improvement Area (BIA) Tax penalties between April 1 and June 30. This means that any business that has not already paid their BIA tax has until June 30, 2020 to pay a penalty free. A penalty of 7% would apply to taxes outstanding as of July 1, 2020.

Tax instalment payment plan (TIPP) payments decreasing

Non-residential property owners participating in TIPP will see a decrease in the April 1 instalment equal to the provincial property tax portion. This portion has been deferred for six months.

March 25, 2020​

The Government of Alberta updates programs offered to businesses.

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 update from Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief Tom Sampson

March 19, 2020

Planning & Development Services update: Planning & Development counter is temporarily closed

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