COVID-19 Support for Businesses
We know that navigating the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for businesses. We’re here to help support you and do all we can to support our local economy.
On April 30, City Council approved further support for businesses in Calgary as they navigate the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has hit local businesses hard with many having to close their doors in efforts to flatten the curve and slow down the rate of infection.
"Our businesses are the heart of our local economy, and their struggles have a profound impact on our city and communities," said City Manager David Duckworth. "These relief measures keep dollars in the pockets of business owners and give additional flexibility for those looking to pivot or do things differently moving forward. We will continue to look at ways to help businesses make it through this pandemic."
New supports for businesses will include:
- A Small Business Support team available to support businesses pivoting their business model as they re-open. Further information on how businesses can access this service will be made public and shared out to the business community in the coming weeks.
- Waiving of the business license renewal fee for one year to reduce the financial burden on businesses.
- Six-month relief efforts effective May 1, 2020 including:
- Waived Planning & Development fees for change of use and home occupation (class 2) development permits, residential certificates of compliance and pre-application fees, to support businesses adapting to COVID-19.
- Deferred Planning & Development fees for commercial building permits, development permits, subdivisions, land use amendments, outline plans and road closures. 75% of payment will be deferred to final stages of approval, offering financial flexibility of better cash flow management through projects.
- Fee simplification through elimination of the set up front deposit, simplifying by applying one common fee schedule rate to all outline plans and land use amendments, and applying the deferral relief above.
- Extensions on development and building permits offered to ensure existing approvals will not expire while businesses deal with the impacts of COVID-19.
- The expansion of the Centre City Enterprise Area to include all commercial properties through a pilot. This means a reduction in processes, barriers to entry and cost savings for businesses as they re-populate physical space. Analysis on the option to expand Centre City Enterprise Area development permit exemptions also includes a risk assessment and other considerations.
To stay updated on the latest announcements, tools and resources available for businesses, visit calgary.ca/covid-business. Information about these latest supports will be made available on this site in the near future.