We are committed to continuing the safe reopening of our economy and progressing towards long-term recovery while also reducing the risk of COVID-19. We are collaborating with organizations including the Calgary Chamber, Tourism Calgary, The City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and Business Council of Alberta to work with all orders of government towards economic recovery and resiliency.
Supporting our local business community and workforce is our main priority. For those hiring or looking for work, and for those businesses looking to resource open positions, our site Connecting YYC links Calgary job seekers with businesses in need of talent.
Camaraderie and community spirit continue to bring businesses together for shared prosperity. If you have a solution or offer for your peers, the broader YYC community or global economy, tell us about it at our YYC Business Marketplace.
We are currently in Stage 2 of the Government of Alberta's strategy to gradually reopen businesses while slowing the spread of COVID-19. For guidelines on how to reopen your business and information on which businesses are currently permitted to open, please see the resources below:
Calgary Economic Development shares its insights on our city’s path forward during the pandemic and other timely topics in opinion articles and podcasts.
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, 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:
Leadership by our Team Calgary partners
Team Calgary is a corporate partnership program that engages Calgary's visionary thought leaders to help influence Calgary's economic growth. Learn what these organizations are doing to respond to COVID-19 and to support our local community here.
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:
Explore information regarding tax relief, and changes to corporate income tax including deferrals in the list below:
City of Calgary:
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.
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.
For statistics and data related to COVID-19, please refer to the list below:
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre: Global Coronavirus Cases
University of Calgary: CHI COVID-19 Tracker
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 physical distancing.
We all have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please take steps to protect yourself and your community by following the guidelines for physical distancing, good hygiene, and staying home and away from others if sick or in isolation.
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: