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City News and Initiatives for Local Business Resiliency
The City has temporarily suspended its plastic bag ban, meaning no penalties for businesses wishing to provide or supply them. MORE »
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,
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 services remain open for inquiries and applications (just not in person). MORE »|
Business Impact Surveys
Help us understand the extent of the impact on your business that the COVID-19 pandemic response has caused.
Outreach to Local Businesses
During the month of April, the City of Wetaskiwin’s Economic Development Department, in partnership with the Leduc and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce, conducted a Business Outreach program.
Through the process, we reached out to 551 businesses who were either a Chamber of Commerce member or have an active business license with the City of Wetaskiwin. Our team had direct communication with 332 businesses. The program was designed as a check-in with the local business community to better understand their needs during COVID-19 and to share resources that may be helpful.
Encourage Businesses to Reach out for Additional Support or Direction
If our team was unable to communicate with your business during the business outreach program, and you require immediate assistance, please reach out to either the City of Wetaskiwin or the Leduc and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce using the information below.
City of Wetaskiwin Economic Development
educ and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce
For those who are starting or continuing with a job search, these are some regional resources you can use:
Resiliency Recommendations for Local Businesses
- 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
- 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
- Prioritize your communications; be factual
- Build a communications plan to vendors, suppliers, customers, staff
- Be sure to communicate topics like: open vs. closed, hours of operation, special offers, items available online (products, gift cards), curbside pickup, takeout
- Be sure to ask your customers to share online if they've purchased a gift card or have supported your business in a specific way
- Be sure to use all communications tools like your website, social media, newsletter, email, flyers, posters, etc.
- Learn about federal and provincial funding opportunities in the section below: COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses
- Learn about other government funding opportunities in the section below: COVID-19 Financial Support Measures for Various Sectors
- Explore options to defer your capital costs
- If you're a mortgage holder, reach out to your bank to understand if they're offering any deferred payment programs
- If you rent space, speak with your landlord for support
- Review your insurance policies and speak with your insurance provider for support
- Monitor and preserve your cashflow carefully
Business owners and employees: you are not alone.
COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses
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.
Business Link is supported by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government.
- Alberta Credit Unions offer relief solution
- Business Credit Availability Program for loan guarantee for SMEs
- Business Credit Availability Program for co-lending for SMEs
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
- Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
- Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
- Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
- Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund
- Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)