In a move to support area businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Wetaskiwin has approved a deferral of fees for intermodal containers until the end of 2020, and a stay of enforcement of business licenses until August 31, 2020.
These new measures align with the City's newly-launched Economic Disaster Mitigation and Business Resilience Strategy - a guiding document that focuses on supporting local businesses by minimizing financial stressors where possible.
“This is a challenging time for many in the business community, and the City continues to work with local businesses on initiatives that will help see them through the pandemic,”
said City Manager Sue Howard.
“The deferral of both the intermodal container fees and business license enforcement was a request brought forward by local businesses. Hopefully it helps reduce some immediate stress while the business community navigates the economic realities of the pandemic.”
In addition to these new measures, the City has also launched an online business resource center to connect businesses with information, resources and supports while navigating the economic impact of COVID-19. The City's Economic Development department has partnered with the Leduc and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce in reaching out to every local business with information on available supports.
"As we speak with more business owners and managers, we will continue to alter our response to the impacts COVID-19 has had on our local economy,”
said Candace Coughlan, Manager of Economic Development with the City of Wetaskiwin.
“We remain committed to supporting our business community through current times and on the path to recovery.
Please note that deferred business license enforcement only applies to resident businesses. Non-resident business licenses continue to be required and will be enforced.
Visit the Business Supports section of the COVID-19 portal more information about how the City of Wetaskiwin is helping local businesses weather the financial impact of COVID-19.