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.
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
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 solutions
- Alberta Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant
- ATB Financial offers access to additional working capital
- Business Credit Availability Program for loan guarantee for SMEs
- Business Credit Availability Program for co-lending for SMEs
- Canada Emergency Business Account
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy
- Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit
- Industrial Research Assistance Program for early-stage businesses
- Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility
- Mid-Market Financing Program
- Mid-Market Guarantee and Financing Program
- Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
- Young entrepreneurs
COVID-19 Financial Support Measures for Various Sectors
Canadian Manufacturers Needed to Help Combat COVID-19
If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. Please refer to the product specifications and requirements for Canada’s medical supply needs. If you can say yes to the following, we really want to hear from you.
- You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain
- You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns, sanitizers, wipes, ventilators, and/or other medical equipment and supplies
- You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances
- The Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 directly supports businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19
The Alberta Bits and Pieces Program is a way for businesses and citizens to submit unsolicited offers of products and services to help others during an emergency or disaster. The program connects products and services offered by private, retail, industry and non-profit organizations with Albertans looking for help.
Originally established during the Second World War, the program coordinated innovative production and procurement efforts from across the country to support the war effort. The program has since evolved to provide critical support to Albertans during emergencies and disasters, including flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and more recently, COVID-19.
These manufacturers and suppliers may or may not charge a fee for their products and services.
Learn about the Alberta Bits and Pieces Program