Apply Now – Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

We are here for you! While we are currently not open for in-person meetings or training, we are available by phone appointment or virtual meeting during our regular business hours. If you would like to speak to a staff member about our programs and services, we can be reached by:
Phone: 403-342-2055 or Email: central [at]

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Succession Planning Project

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass is partnering witth other CF offices and outside vendors to offer a number of workshops and webinars to rural business owners who are looking at transitioning out of their respective businesses within the foreseeable future, either via a family transition or a sale to an unrelated party.

These sessions will:

  • Raise awareness of an owner's need to plan an exit strategy
  • Increase succession planning knowiedge in our rural entrepreneurs
  • Provide new resources such as access to succession planning specialists, and a low-cost web-based platform to sell their business on
  • Prevent small businesses in the community from shutting down
  • Attract new entrepreneurs into the participaitng partner's regions.

    This project aims to raise awareness of the issue and educate business owners and their 'circle of influence' to provide access to additional resources. We endeavour to create tangible results, most notably by seeing transition to new owners and remaining part of our local economy.

    If you are planning to sell your business in the next few years, join our FREE online summit. Learn what you need to know to get you on the right track to sell your business on August 4-7, 2020. Sign up today at:

Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The Government of Canada and Community Futures organizations (CFs) understand the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the small business community throughout the West. As a result, the Government of Canada has made funds available to the CFs to provide support and assistance to small and medium size businesses through the rural stream of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

Small business owners impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for loans up to $40,000 through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund provides funding to support businesses that have not been approved for supports through the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) or the Emergency Loan Program delievered through Aboriginal Financial Institutions.

Click on the Orange Bar at top of Home page to apply.

Workplace Guidance for Alberta's Reopening from COVID-19

As Alberta continues reopening, this is a good source for industry specific Information and clarification Click on this link for businesses, including general guidance, guidance by sector, planning, and FAQs:

Resources for Business Leaders Covid-19

Here's a very good link for Resources for Business Leaders, updated daily. Helping understand the challenges and opportunities associated with running your business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Stay up to date by frequently checking provincial, national and international websites.

Social distancing measures

Please do your part to keep our community and your business safe by following these guidelines from the Government of Canada:
Social distancing standards are that individuals maintain a spacing of 2 meters apart.
Businesses with staff lunchrooms, boardrooms, etc. need to adhere to social distancing. Consider rotating lunch breaks to maintain social distancing.
Offices should have employees work from home whenever possible.
Home-based businesses do not have occupancy limits, but are directed to follow the social spacing guidelines set by the Government of Canada, including minimizing capacity so that individuals can remain two meters apart.
Please understand Canada's priority right now is to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
We understand these restrictions add complexities and challenges to your business operations, and we thank you for your understanding.

Financial assistance

Assistance to entreprenuers provided by BDC through small business loans, working capital loans and purchase order financing. BDC support

Emergency Financial Assistance
Government of Alberta financial assistance for unexpected emergencies (for all Albertans, not specific to businesses)

Employment Insurance (EI)
Sickness benefits provide up to 15 weeks of income replacement and is available to eligible claimants who are unable to work because of illness, injury or quarantine, to allow them time to restore their health and return to work. Canadians quarantined can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits.

Work-Sharing Program
Program to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer.

Employees - Canada Labour Code
Information about employer responsibilities and employee rights under the Canada Labour Code.

Maintaining business operations


  • Use best practices to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, at home and at work.
  • Actively encourage anyone who is feeling ill to stay home and away from others.
  • Use and encourage good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing and avoiding touch.
  • Consider additional social distancing measures, such as working remotely.


  • Ensure your business is prepared to handle a potential case or business disruption, including accessing available government resources to mitigate potential financial impacts to your employees and your business.
  • Review or create a Business Continuity Plan for your organization, ensuring it contains:
  • Process to follow if an employee becomes ill;
  • Policies around travel;
  • Policies around sick leave;
  • How to mitigate risk to essential business functions can continue; and
  • Internal and external communications plans.


  • Follow all public health guidelines if you, or a member of your team, is experiencing symptoms, in order to ensure the safety of your workforce and your workspace.
  • Call Health Link at 8-1-1 for instructions if you, or a member of your team, is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing and have travelled outside of Canada, or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
  • Website: Alberta Health Link


  • Consider how you can support your immediate community through the outbreak
  • Offer and provide support to employees and coworkers who are at home.
  • Consider whether your organization can provide goods or services to assist those in self-isolation (ie: grocery delivery, online or telephone counselling, internet services).
  • Guidelines: Self-Isolation Information Sheet

Best of Crowsnest

Nominations have closed and voting is now open.

We think ALL our local businesses are the best especially with how they have coped these past few months. We have had businesses in past years say how flattered they are to just receive a nomination. Help us show these businesses some recognition for all their hard work, passion, and dedication they put towards their business.

To vote for youir favourite local business for the 2020 Best of Crowsnest, visit

Business Scale-Up and Productivity

If you’re a western Canadian company looking to grow, the Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program could be for you. BSP supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services or technologies. It offers interest-free repayable funding to incorporated western Canadian companies.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is taking steps to streamline and improve the BSP program for western Canada’s businesses and entrepreneurs.  You will have multiple opportunities to apply for BSP funds should your expression of interest not be ready for submission. WD will be accepting expressions of interest throughout the year during the following dates:

·         February 24 – March 23, 2020

·         September 15 – October 14, 2020

·         January 15 – February 16, 2021

For more information about the program and how to apply, please visit WD’s or contact a regional office at

Get the workers you need

Labour's Workforce Grants Portal

The Government of Alberta is pleased to announce the launch of an online portal for Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program applications.

You can now submit and follow up on all the necessary forms and paperwork for the CAJG program through Labour’s Workforce Grants Portal. Additionally, you can view the status of all your applications in real time and can be alerted to any issues, such as missing information, as soon as the file is reviewed. Please be sure to review the Applicant Guide before applying for your CAJG grant.

To make use of the portal all employers must register for a MyAlberta Digital ID for Business account. Registration is easy and it is a one-time process. To assist in this process, we have put together instructions on how to create your account.

Please note that CAJG will continue to accept paper applications through the mail until March 31, 2019. After this period, all applications will need to be submitted through the portal - paper forms will not be available or accepted for new grant requests. Applications that were originally submitted on paper will not be included in the portal and will be completed using a paper Training Completion form.

Thank you for your continued interest in the CAJG program. If you have any questions please refer to the CAJG website, email the CAJG team at jobgrant [at] or call the CAJG info line at 1-855-638-9424 or 780-638-9424.


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