COVID-19 Business news and updates
July 28, 2020
Effective August 1, 2020, Calgary's Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw requires people to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. Learn how it affects your business.
June 29, 2020
The Province has announced the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant starting June 29. The program offres financial assistance for businesses and non-profits that have been affected by COVID-19.
June 10, 2020
The City's bill deferral for water, waste and recycling charges will end on June 18, 2020.
Installment plans will be available for residential and small business customers (less than 2,500 m3 water consumption in 2019.) This will divide the amount you owe into smaller payments that will be added to your monthly bill. Customers who used more than 2,500 m3 in 2019 and have no other options than to request an installment plan, can contact ENMAX, The City’s contracted customer care and billing provider, at 310-2010 to ask for their request to be sent to The City of Calgary. ENMAX Utility Bill Support program.
June 9, 2020
Alberta's Relaunch Phase 2 starts June 12
The Government of Alberta says Stage 2 of their relaunch plan starts on June 12. Read more about Phase 2 at Alberta Relaunch Strategy.
May 29, 2020
Commercial tenancy support feedback
The Government of Alberta has launched a survey for tenants and commercial landlords to share their thoughts on commercial rent support during COVID-19. You can participate at Commercial tenancy support feedback.
May 21, 2020
Commercial rent relief
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has released further clarification on the details of Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) and template forms that landlords can use when applying for the commercial rent relief program You can access this information through CECRA for small businesses.
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 learn 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
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.
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.