Alberta Biz Connect
Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy puts safety first while gradually reopening businesses, resuming activities and getting people back to work. With strict safety guidelines in place, Albertans can and should confidently support Alberta businesses as we relaunch the economy.
While we face a long road to recovery, our collective efforts have helped slow the spread of COVID-19.
We must ensure the sacrifices we have already made are not wasted. 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.
Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely. Training Courses During COVID-19 from the Alberta Government.
You will find the resources you need for safe successful re-launch in our ‘Be Prepared for Re-Launch‘ section.
Stay up to date by frequently checking provincial, national and international websites. Links to the CPREM Facebook page and municipal sites in the Central Peace can be found below.
To dispel some of the myths and misinformation about COVID-19 the World Health Organization has posted a page about the virus called Myth busters
COVID19 has spread across the world and in addition to being a global health pandemic, it has also drastically impacted the economy and business in our region and in Canada.
- Government of Alberta: COVID-19 information for Albertans (includes Info for Employers and Employees section)
- Alberta Health Services: AHS.ca/covid19
- Government of Canada: COVID-19 Information
- Government of Canada: COVID-19 Resources for Canadian Businesses
- World Health Organization: COVID-19 Updates
- CPREM Facebook page
- Birch Hills County
- MD of Spirit River 133
- Town of Spirit River
- Village of Rycroft
- Saddle Hills County
- Central Peace Fire & Rescue – website … Facebook
Employees with Symptoms
It is key to follow all public health guidelines if you, or a member of your team, is experiencing symptoms, in order to ensure the safety of your workforce and your workspace.
- Call Health Link at 8-1-1 for instructions if you, or a member of your team, is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing and have travelled outside of Canada, or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
Website: Alberta Health Link
Follow all public health guidelines if you are experiencing symptoms.
- To determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19, use the Alberta Health Services self-assessment tool.
- Call Health Link at 8-1-1 for instructions if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing and have travelled outside of Canada, or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
- Only call 9-1-1 if you are in immediate need of medical, fire, or police.
Assistance to entrepreneurs provided by BDC through small business loans, working capital loans and purchase order financing: COVID-19 Special Support.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Government of Alberta financial assistance for unexpected emergencies (for all Albertans, not specific to businesses): Emergency Financial Assistance.
Employment Insurance (EI)
Sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work. Canadians quarantined can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.
Program to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer: Work-Sharing Program.
Stay up to date on information from your utility providers.
Other Resources to Consider:
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Pandemic Preparedness
- Government of Canada: COVID-19 Travel Advice