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Together we can.

We all play a role in limiting COVID-19 spread & protecting ourselves. By following the public health rules and the spirit behind them, we can get back on track and save lives.
Wetaskiwin Economic Development has developed an economic resiliency strategy as a response to COVID-19 and its relation to our businesses community. This will be a fluid strategy that is responsive to the changing situation.

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:

 

COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses

In the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the provincial and federal governments are taking action to help affected businesses.
Connect 1:1 with a Business Strategist

As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges in light of the actions taken by our government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to move forward with our relaunch strategy in Alberta. Business Link has gathered current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.

Business Link will continue to update this page with new information and additional resources as they become available.

Learn about the resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19

Business Link is supported by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government.

Canadian manufacturers needed to help combat COVID-19

We all play a role in limiting COVID-19 spread & protecting ourselves. By following the public health rules and the spirit behind them, we can get back on track and save lives.