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.


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!!! More Support for businesses keeping Albertans Safe - REP (Restrictions Exemption Program)  (October 7, 2021)

Alberta Jobs Now Program (May 19, 2021) 

Additional COVID-19 Support for Small Businesses

Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Employee Training Supports for Agri-Businneses

COVID-19 Supports for Employers and Employees 

Government of Canada

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan 

Application to Apply to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

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 - Financial Support. Loans and Access to Credit 

Financial Information

Site Rehabilitation Program - Grant Funding for Eligible Oil & Gas Service Companies for Abandonment and Reclamation Work 

Service Canada Ready To Help 

Updated Small Business Wage Subsidy 

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

Business Continuity Information

 Historic Investment to Create Thousands of Jobs (May 19, 2021) 
Alberta Leads Country Supporting Economic Relaunch

Alberta Pandemic Preparedness Checklist for Business

Continuity Plan Toolkit for Entrepreneurs

Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders