Important COVID-19

Community Futures is taking every precaution to safeguard the health and safety of our team members, clients and communities. At this time, we are not facilitating any in-person meetings, training and/or workshops until further notice.

We are available by phone or email (during regular business hours). Please see contact information at the bottom of this page.

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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.

https://covidcontinuity.com/

Business Link Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

April 1, 2020 | Weekly Webinar - Business & Economic Recovery during the COVID-19 Crisis | Economic Developpers Alberta (EDA) http://www.edaalberta.ca/event-3794247?mc_cid=57eaed05ea&mc_eid=8bc165a351
April 7, 2020 | Preparing Your Startup for the Impact of COVID-19 | Startup Calgary https://www.startupcalgary.ca/startup-calgary-events/no-stupid-questions-preparing-your-startup-for-the-impact-of-covid-19?mc_cid=57eaed05ea&mc_eid=8bc165a351
Recorded | How to cope with the impacts of COVID-19 on your business | Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) https://businesslink.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=b0653b00d4eeca612d8d422c8&id=49d07216d5&e=8bc165a351

 

For more Business Link events, visit https://businesslink.ca/events/?mc_cid=57eaed05ea&mc_eid=8bc165a351

To support entrepreneurs through COVID-19, there is currently no cost for participation in any of our upcoming Ask An Expert Sessions through April and May 2020.

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 https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19

Emergency Financial Assistance
Government of Alberta financial assistance for unexpected emergencies (for all Albertans, not specific to businesses) https://www.alberta.ca/emergency-financial-assistance.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3bnsDgBzZjvrvLj9DUDvUrPG-0Ott6v-_AYTYyVysX7hbzmm1l9mi311s

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. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html

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. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing.html

Employees - Canada Labour Code
Information about employer responsibilities and employee rights under the Canada Labour Code. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html#h2.1

Maintaining business operations

Prevention

  • 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.


Prepare

  • 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.

Respond

  • 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

Assist

  • 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

Business Support

We would like to advise that Community Futures CNP is here to help your business. If you are looking for bridge financing to help you through these troubled times, please contact us by emailing lsaloff@albertacf or call 403-562-8858. We will provide more information on supports for small businesses as they become known.

Best of Crowsnest

The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2019 Best of Crowsnest Awards on September 9.

Join us in congratulating our amazing businesses throughout the Crowsnst Pass. Well done!

 

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 https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/19762.asp?WT.mc_id=BSP2020Feb&WT.tsrc=Email or contact a regional office at https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/10318.asp.

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 jobgrantatgov.ab.ca or call the CAJG info line at 1-855-638-9424 or 780-638-9424.

Strategy & Creation of Regional Destination Management Organization Underway

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass has awarded the contract and is working with the consultant to prepare a comprehensive  strategy to leverage and support tourism activity in the Crowsnest Pass-Pincher Creek-Piikani-Castle Park Region.

The outcome of the project will be the creation of a sustainable destination management organization and help to support and provide guidance to the tourism industry,  governments, and communities in the area. It will address the needs for a consolidated and  collaborative  approach to tourism in southwest region of Alberta region between government  and business, analyze and guide  ways to leverage existing tourism assets more effectively,  engage tourism operators in activities  that will grow their business, and promote tourism  opportunities to visitors of the region.

Community consultations will be held in April and May.

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