The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned economic uncertainty both worldwide and right here at home. During these challenging times, we want to reassure the business community: we're in this together, and we will support you to the best of our collective ability.

Wetaskiwin Economic Development has developed an economic resiliency strategy as a response to COVID-19 and the direct impacts this pandemic has and will have on our businesses and economy as a whole. This will be a fluid strategy that is responsive to the changing situation.

COVID Recovery Grant

City of Wetaskiwin Small Business COVID Recovery Grant

The City of Wetaskiwin has partnered with the Leduc & Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce to offer a COVID BUSINESS RECOVERY GRANT program to provide assistance to small businesses residing in the City of Wetaskiwin.

The grant will provide financial support towards the expense (up to 5 hours of professional services and maximum of $500) of a business requiring qualified Legal/HR or Accountant services to assist with the understanding, collecting of information and preparation of documents to apply for the current government COVID financial assistance programs. 

CLICK HERE to learn more or apply.

City News and Initiatives for Local Business Resiliency

Scroll down to find critical information, support updates, and links to different resources.
City of Wetaskiwin support measures for businesses
Plastic Bag Ban Temporarily Suspended
 

The City has temporarily suspended its plastic bag ban, meaning no penalties for businesses wishing to provide or supply them. MORE »

   
Cancellation of Water Disconnects and Late Charges for Utility Payments
 

To help ease the strain, City Council moved to freeze utility disconnects and late payment penalties on overdue accounts. MORE »

   
Intermodal Container Deferral of Fees and Charges Amendment
 

Administration pushed the current motion on the table to increase fees and charges related to intermodal containers to return to Council in Q4,
2020.

   
Noise Control Considerations
 

Consideration from the City Manager to issued permits allowing the production of certain sounds outside of normal business due to COVID-19.

   
Planning, Development & Engineering
  Planning, Development & Engineering services remain open for inquiries and applications (just not in person). MORE »

Resiliency Recommendations for Local Businesses

The following tips are designed to prepare your business to weather the storm and be better positioned for fiscal recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business continuity planning
  • The health and safety of yourself, your staff, customers and partners are number one priority; review the section below: Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
  • Familiarize yourself with Human Resources policies and processes, including absenteeism, communications, sick leave, employee travel, social distancing, and workplace disinfecting; be clear and consistent with your employees; review Alberta Employment Standards
  • Provide resources for those who have or will be laid off, explore the following sections: COVID-19: Financial Relief for Albertans (under Important News); COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses, and; Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
  • Adhere to Cleaning and disinfection recommendations for COVID-19 (under Important News)
  • Abide by physical distancing, gathering restrictions, and all provincial public health orders
  • Abide by Alberta Biz Connect guidance for businesses and sectors (see below)
  • Implement flexible working arrangements if possible; utilize virtual office environments like GoTo Meetings, Skype for Businesses, Google Hangouts, or Zoom
  • Review your supply chain;  have a Plan B in case of disruptions of service in your primary vendor(s)
  • Work with customers and vendors to defer business instead of cancelling
  • Explore options for online sales of products and gift cards
  • Should your business need close for any reason, implement measures to reduce the risk of any criminal activity
 
City of Wetaskiwin RCMP encourages the following safe practices should your business be required to close:
  • Keep storefront and sales area lights on
  • Keep exterior lights on
  • Turn off/unplug all equipment
  • Store flammables and combustibles in secure location
  • Keep cash register open and empty; do not leave cash on premises
  • Secure other valuables if unable to take them off premises (equipment and stock)
  • Secure and lock all doors and windows
  • Activate security system and security surveillance equipment

Business owners and employees: you are not alone.

The Mental Health Help Line is available 24/7 to provide advice and referrals to community supports nearest you. Call 1-877-303-2642. Other resources include:

Alberta's Relaunch Strategy Puts Safety First

In the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the government is taking action to help affected businesses.
A safely staged COVID-19 recovery plan to relaunch Alberta’s economy

To be successful, we must stay vigilant to slow the spread: follow public health measures, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and continue acting responsibly. The plan to move forward requires careful monitoring and respecting all guidelines outlined by the Chief Medical Officer. Each stage of relaunch will depend on our ability to keep infection numbers low.

Conditions for relaunch
To ensure a safer reopening, the following elements are in place:

  • Enhance our nation-leading testing capacity at the highest level in Canada
  • Robust and comprehensive contact tracing, aided by technology, to quickly notify people who may have been exposed
  • Support for people who test positive to enable effective isolation and contain spread
  • Stronger international border controls and airport screening, especially for international travellers
  • Rules and guidance for the use of masks in crowded spaces, like mass transit
  • Strong protections for the most at-risk, including those in long-term care, continuing care and seniors lodges
  • A rapid response plan in the event of possible outbreaks of COVID-19

Learn about the conditions for relaunch and stages
Opening soon: Alberta's relaunch strategy (updated June 2020)

Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

In the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the government is taking action to help affected businesses.
Business continuity plans: flu and infectious disease outbreaks

Employers should consider their Business Continuity Plan and how COVID-19 could impact their workplace. To prepare, make plans to protect employees, limit spread in workplaces, ensure continuity of critical services if staff are ill or self-isolating, and explore alternate working arrangements, such as working from home or remotely and/or doing work that doesn't require contact with other people.

Learn more about Business Continuity Plans

COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses

The provincial and federal governments are providing immediate funding and supportive measures to help protect local businesses, employers and employees.

COVID-19 Financial Support Measures for Various Sectors

The government is taking a tailored approach to better protecting individual sectors from the economic distribution of COVID-19.

Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat COVID-19