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COVID-19: Financial support for businesses

Property tax relief

The City of Calgary

Council Council approved the 2020 Property Tax Bylaws and additional relief measures to support taxpayers facing financial hardship.

Property Tax Bylaw Passed

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.

There has been a significant decline in the combined municipal business tax and non-residential property tax responsibility from 2001 to 2020 compared to the property tax responsibility borne by residential property owners over the same time frame. More information can be found on the distribution of municipal tax page.

$30 million in tax relief for Calgary businesses

City Council approved $30 million in tax relief for Calgary businesses who have experienced the most significant municipal property tax increases over the past four years.

Budget wisely, join or cancel TIPP without the filing fee

Modify your participation in the Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) with no filing fee. The filing fee has been suspended until January 1, 2021. Join TIPP.

Property owners who stay on TIPP will be supporting essential services, and giving themselves more flexibility to budget by making smaller monthly payments, avoiding one large lump payment.

The Government of Alberta

The provincial portion of non-residential property tax will be defered for six months. This amount has been deducted from the TIPP amounts owing from April onward. Learn more at COVID-19 Support for Employers.

Financial aid

The City of Calgary

The City of Calgary is working closely with the province and the federal government to gain further information on the impacts to Calgary business of this relief. We’ll be posting up-to-date information on as the situation progresses. Below are details on other supports available.

Water, waste and recycling charges

The City’s bill deferral for water, waste and recycling charges ended on June 18, 2020.

Small business customers (less than 2,500 m3 water consumption in 2019) who deferred payment and have not set up an installment plan will be automatically set up on a 10-payment installment plan after July 18, 2020.

Customers who used more than 2,500 m3 in 2019 and are finding it challenging to pay their bill, 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.

The Government of Alberta

The Province has announced similar provisions for gas and electrical bills deferrals without interest or penalty; please contact your service provider for details. Find more at the Government of Alberta’s supports for businesses site.

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

The Government of Alberta has enhanced the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant, which eases COVID-19 relaunch costs faced by businesses, non-profits and cooperatives. Those affected by recent targeted public health measures can apply for a second round of funding. 

The Government of Canada

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Companies can apply for the wage subsidy online if they are eligible. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a new online calculator to calculate your subsidy amount.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

The federal government’s Emergency Rent Subsidy is now open for applications. If you are a business, non-profit organization or a charity, and you have seen a drop in revenue due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to have up to 65 per cent of your rent covered. 

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 Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19.

Learn more about Government of Canada programs for businesses at Support to Businesses -

Commercial insurance

The Insurance Bureau of Canada has created a COVID-19 Q&A outlining how coverage is triggered and how business interruption policies work. Find out more at IBC - COVID-19.