COVID-19

The Province has dedicated their Biz Connect web page to provide workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx#guidance

PPE Supplies

As businesses prepare to reopen, it’s important to take measures to protect employees and customers:

  • practice good hygiene and thorough cleaning and disinfecting
  • use Health Canada approved hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers for use against COVID-19 (search products by DIN number)
  • aid physical separation through barriers (Plexiglas), signage and floor markings, and traffic flow controls to limit the number of people in a space
  • use personal protective equipment (PPE)

Business owners can purchase PPE through the following procurement websites:

A recent business impact survey—a joint effort between the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), Community Futures Alberta, and Economic Developers Alberta (EDA)—shows many businesses will face obstacles to Alberta’s phase one economic relaunch, scheduled to begin May 14. The survey—which took place online between April 10 and April 26, 2020—revealed half of Alberta businesses have laid off employees while 42 per cent of respondents have employees working reduced hours. Among businesses reporting layoffs, 57 per cent of respondents say they have laid off more than half their employees. See full survey results HERE

In these unsettling times it can be difficult to navigate one’s way through the ever-mounting information and resources. As governments at all levels release information as the days unfold, here are some resources that may be of assistance during this COVID-19 pandemic:

Government of Canada resources: For the latest updates: www.canada.ca

Government of Alberta resources: For the latest updates: https://www.alberta.ca

Alberta’s safely staged COVID-19 relaunch. A phased relaunch will put Albertans’ safety first as we gradually reopen closed businesses and services and get people back to work. https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=70217037B8E9C-C319-32CC-240D33487895E4F7

The Government of Alberta announced the creation of the Site Rehabilitation Program to fund abandonment and reclamation activities.  The Site Rehabilitation Program will provide grants to oil field service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas site closure and reclamation work, creating jobs and supporting the environment. https://www.alberta.ca/site-rehabilitation-program.aspx 

Alberta Bits and Pieces Program: If you, your company, or your organization has a product or service to offer, please submit your intent below. 

Alberta Health Services’ Information on PPE (including Offers of Help and PPE Task Force Guidelines)

Additional Links: 

We understand that many business owners and entrepreneurs are anxious about how to get the help you need in the face of COVID-19. Here are a few good places to start:

Contingency plans

It is also vital for Canadian businesses to have contingency plans in place to manage potential financial risk. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a comprehensive preparedness guide for businesses in the face of COVID-19.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also providing information to help businesses through these difficult times.

Business Development Bank of Canada has a public-source toolkit, available here: https://www.bdc.ca/en/articles-tools/entrepreneur-toolkit/templates-business-guides/pages/business-continuity-guide-templates-entrepreneurs.aspx#

If you are interested in offering support during this Covid 19 emergency, please provide details on the product or service on Alberta Purchasing Connection’s Emergency Response Database.

Link Here to online form for offers of support or donations from Albertans /companies.

Should there be an emergency requirement for the product or service, the company will be contacted by a representative of the Government of Alberta.

For more information on Government of Canada supports for Covid 19 please go to https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, the federal government is requesting your help.

The Government of Canada is looking to hear from anyone that:

  • Manufactures in Canada and/or has ready access to necessary inputs through their supply chain
  • Has 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, sanitizer, wipes, ventilators, and other medical equipment/supplies
  • Has skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances

If you can help, you are encouraged to send a short summary of your offer to:

ic.mid-dim.ic@canada.ca

 On behalf of Red Deer County Economic Development Services, please know that we are here for you during these trying and difficult times. Our website www.growrdcounty.ca  will be updated regularly in order to provide you with the latest information and resources available.