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Provincial meeting update

Calgary Economic Development took part in a virtual roundtable with Premier Jason Kenney, key members of his cabinet and community partners on Wednesday, March 18. The discussion revolved around the Government of Alberta's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the situation remains highly unpredictable, there are some important takeaways from the meeting.

  • Forecasts indicate the peak in Alberta is likely to hit late April. We may see stability during the summer but there is risk of another increase as people integrate back into normal life. 
  • Alberta has a high concentration of cases on a per capita basis.  Alberta is also averaging 500 tests a day, and more than one million self-assessing online.
  • Alberta Health has been preparing since January and can manage the peak. The province has added $500 million to the health system and more support is likely.
  • The Premier encouraged all Albertans to take social distancing and other precautions seriously but was adamant Canada’s food supply is not at risk and it’s unlikely we will have a shortage of food supplies.

We are encouraged by the programs announced by the Government of Alberta and Government of Canada and the focus on financial liquidity for people and businesses.

Calgary Economic Development made the case for “shop local” campaigns, more retraining for workers, coordinated efforts on investment attraction, increased investment in trade development, and taking a collaborative approach to infrastructure spending based on the need to create jobs. 

The City of Calgary has developed a Task Force group to address the state of emergency due to the pandemic and Calgary Economic Development is on the committees to address Business Community Support and Economic Resiliency.

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