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!!! Outreach will help Albertans connect to COVID-related resources 

Resources for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Funding Communities and Civil Society 

Regional Relief & Recovery Fund (RRRF)

Employee Training Supports for Agri-Businneses

COVID-19 Supports for Employers and Employees 

Government of Canada

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)

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 
Service Canada Ready To Help 
COVID-19 Supports for Employers and Employees 
Support for Farmers and Agri-Food Business
Tax Payment Deferral to August 31, 2020
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

COVID-19 business preparedness guide 
NEW!!!  Funding Boost for Unemployed Apprentices 
Alberta Leads Country Supporting Economic Relaunch
Alberta Pandemic Preparedness Checklist for Business
Continuity Plan Toolkit for Entrepreneurs
Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders
Business Continuity Handbook