The coronavirus, COVID-19, has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. To help reduce its spread, the City of Calgary declared a state of local emergency and the Government of Alberta declared a public health emergency. Calgary Economic Development is working closely with the City of Calgary and Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) to support the public health strategies from Alberta Health Services and Health Canada.
We are committed to taking action to reduce the risk from COVID-19. Our office is closed, and all staff are working from home.
We continue to work on behalf of Calgarians. We are collaborating with organizations including the Calgary Chamber, Tourism Calgary and Business Council of Alberta to work with all orders of government on their economic recovery and resiliency.
We are equally committed to supporting our local workforce as we are our local business community. Our new site Connecting YYC links Calgary job seekers to immediate opportunities in our city. If you’re a business in need of immediate talent, post your job(s); if you’ve been displaced by COVID-19 and are looking for work, view all opportunities. Visit the site here.
We all have a responsibility to help prevent the spread. Please take steps to protect yourself and your community by following the guidelines for social distancing, good hygiene, and staying home and away from others if sick or in insolation.
Following are some helpful resources:
If you feel unwell or start to develop symptoms associated with COVID-19, please follow the guidelines from Alberta Health Services:
In the article below, our CEO, Mary Moran, has addressed our plans to manage through the phases of this pandemic with a three-stage approach:
Below is a list created by the Government of Alberta outlining businesses and services that are currently open to the public:
We are here for the Calgary business community as a credible resource as we navigate these uncertain times. We want to ensure you are prepared for business disruption, including accessing government resources to mitigate potential impacts to your business and employees. We've compiled this list of resources for small business, nonprofits, startups and entrepreneurs, non-profits and employees. The list below also provides information on tax relief and deferrals, funding information and international trade.
Browse resources and advice from our valued Team Calgary partners, government, and other organizations to help your business navigate during COVID-19:
Small businesses are facing challenging times during this pandemic. Please consult these resources for additional guidance:
Business Link: How to Start Selling Online
The following resources have been created specifically for startups, entrepreneurs and founders to assist their businesses during COVID-19:
For more information on supporting non-profits, please consult the following resources:
Below is a summary of the assistance available to employees who have been laid off or had their hours reduced as a result of COVID-19:
Government of Canada:
Government of Alberta:
COVID-19 support for employers and employees
Measures to protect employers and employees from the economic disruption of COVID-19 and position Alberta for recovery
Workers Compensation Board (Alberta):
Learn more about the funding options available for your business during COVID-19:
Government of Canada:
Canada Revenue Agency Measures for Individuals and Businesses
Businesses may defer paying income tax until September 1, 2020.
Export Development Canada
Explore information regarding tax relief, and changes to corporate income tax including deferrals in the list below:
City of Calgary:
Business Improvement Area (BIA)
Late payments cancelled until June 30 for tax penalties between April 1 and June 30. Businesses that have not paid the BIA tax have until June 30, 2020 to pay a penalty free. A penalty of 7% would apply to taxes outstanding as of July 1, 2020.
Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP)
Non-residential property owners participating on Tax instalment payment plan (TIPP). You’ll see a decrease in your April 1 instalment equal to the provincial property tax portion of your tax instalment. This portion has been deferred for six months.
Government of Alberta:
WCB premium payment deferral
Small, medium and large private-sector employers can defer WCB premium payments until 2021. For small and medium businesses, the government will cover 50 per cent of the 2020 premium when it is due in 2021. Employers who paid WCB premiums in 2020 are eligible for a rebate or credit.
Corporate income tax changes
Corporate income tax balances and instalment payments due between March 18 and August 31, 2020 can be deferred until August 31, 2020 to increase employers’ access to cash so they can pay employees, address debts and continue operations.
Education property tax Deferral
Education property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level – reversing a 3.4 per cent in Budget 2020. Collection of non-residential education property tax for businesses will be deferred for 6 months. Deferred amounts will be repaid in future tax years.
Tourism levy deferral
Hotels and other lodging providers can delay paying the tourism levy until Aug. 31 for amounts that become due to government on or after March 27, 2020. Payments deferred until Aug. 31 will not be subject to penalties or interest.
Utility payment deferral
Residential, farm and small commercial customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off, regardless of the service provider This program is available to Albertans experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19.
For more information on international trade, please consult the following resources:
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
A toll-free line is in place to answer your questions about the Canada-U.S. border, what are deemed essential services and what documentation is required. Please call 1-800-461-9999 within Canada, and 1-204-983-3500 or 1-506-636-5064 outside Canada.
Other resources include:
For statistics and data related to COVID-19, please refer to the list below:
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre: Global Coronavirus Cases
Visit these sites to learn about the latest announcements from our municipal, provincial and federal governments
Even during this crisis, we can continue to support our community while practicing social distancing.