COVID-19 Financial Supports

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County of Barrhead together with the Town of Barrhead, Community Futures Yellowhead East, and Barrhead & District Chamber of Commerce, we have compiled the resources that are available to employees and businesses in our region faced with financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.
Click here to read the joint press release.


COVID-19 has presented workers with layoffs and enforced self-isolations.  As a result, an unprecedented amount of citizens are in need of financial assistance.
Below you will find a compilation of the resources available for those individuals who can no longer work due to self-isolation, those caring for children now out of school or child care, and those who are caring for someone who is suffering from COVID-19 or have contracted COVID-19 themselves.

Government of Alberta

NEW!!!  Resources for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Funding Communities and Civil Society 

Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Employee Training Supports for Agri-Businneses

Utility Payment Deferral Program Act (May 6, 2020)

COVID-19 Supports for Employers and Employees 

Government of Canada

NEW!!!  Supporting Canada's Farmers, Food Business, and Food Supply (May 5, 2020) 
NEW!!!  Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan 
Application to Apply to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
Additional Support for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 (CEBA)
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) - Information 
New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP)
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:  Support for Canadians and Businesses
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - Benefits and Services
Waiving One-Week Waiting Period for EI Sickness Benefits
Extending Tax Filing Deadline to June 1, 2020


Employers and Businesses

This is a difficult time for businesses and employers.  The requirement for the public to socially distance means that storefronts are seeing fewer patrons, and other businesses are experiencing a significant decline in requests for their products and services.  While some businesses are able to retool and adapt to the changing market, others are left with their hands tied - laying off staff.
In order to assist our local business community, we have compiled a list of services being provided by the provincial and federal governments in support of economic sustainability.

General Information

Resources for Canadian Businesses
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan:  Support for Canadians and Businesses
COVID-19 Resources for Food service Operators

Financial Information

NEW!!  Site Rehabilitation Program - Grant Funding for Eligible Oil & Gas Service Companies for Abandonment and Reclamation Work 
COVID-19 Utility Payment Deferral
Service Canada Ready To Help 
COVID-19 Supports for Albertans
COVID-19 Supports for Employers and Employees 
Emergency Isolation Support
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Benefits and Services
Support for Farmers and Agri-Food Business
Tax Payment Deferral to August 31, 2020
Updated Small Business Wage Subsidy 
Emergency Response Benefit
Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
COVID-19 and Business Insurance
Community Futures Yellowhead East Support
Western Economic Diversification Support
Agricultural FCC Support

Human Resource Information

Employment Insurance Information for Employers
Enhancements to Work-Sharing Program
WCB and COVID-19
Update Your HR Plan for COVID-19, Agriculture
Mental Health Support Information

Business Continuity Information

COVID-19 business preparedness guide 
Alberta Pandemic Preparedness Checklist for Business
Continuity Plan Toolkit for Entrepreneurs
Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders
Business Continuity Handbook