On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. There are a number of actions we can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the increases in risk - such as social distancing, proper hand washing and sanitation and staying home if you are feeling sick.
These are uncertain, challenging times for all of us. The world around us is changing every day. We clearly don’t have all the answers, But we are working hard to find the answers to meet these challenges. We are here with and for you.
Below are a list of resources for you.
Our Advisors are available to help you navigate in this time of uncertainty. Book a conversation with them here:
Stay prepared and up-to-date on the current situation by regularly checking the follow resources:
- Government of Alberta
- Government of Canada
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
Health guidelines for home, work, events and travel:
- Center for Disease Control Guidelines
- Government of Alberta: Help Prevent the Spread (Posters)
- Government of Canada Travel Advice
- Government of Canada: Reduce the spread of COVID-19 - Wash your hands
- Government of Canada Risk-Informed Decision Making for Mass Gatherings
Business financial relief:
- Government Resources:
- Export Development Canada Program
- Government of Canada: Business Credit Availability Program
- On March 13, 2020, the Government announced the establishment of a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to help Canadian businesses obtain financing during the current period of significant uncertainty. The BCAP will support access to financing for Canadian businesses in all sectors and regions.
- Government of Canada Employment and Social Development Canada
- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for developing, managing and delivering social programs and services.
- Government of Canada: Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes
- The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020.
- Government of Canada: Work-Sharing
- Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed 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.
- Government of Canada: Wage Subsidy for Small Business Boosted to 75%
- "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced more help for small and medium-sized businesses to keep employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis, including a 75 per cent wage subsidy and guaranteed interest-free loans."
- BDC: Purchase Order financing
- When you want to take on new business opportunities and are short of cash, PO financing is the ideal solution to: accept larger contracts, preserve your line of credit and working capital, grow your business in domestic and international markets
- BDC: Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 - Loan Flexibility
- Working capital loans of up to $2 million with flexible terms and payment postponements for up to 6 months for qualifying businesses;
- Postponement of payments for up to 6 months, free of charge, for existing BDC clients with total BDC loan commitment of $1 million or less;
- Reduced rates on new eligible loans
- Facebook: Small Business Grants Program
- Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help your small business during this challenging time.
- Hockeystick Startup Network: Active Funders in Canada
- Canadian startups need funding now more than ever, so Hockeystick created this resource. If you are or know an active funder, please add them.
- National Arts Centre: #CanadaPerforms $200,000 Artist Fund for Livestream Performances
- Selected artists will receive a financial grant, and their performances will be shared on the NAC’s Facebook page which will be discoverable by searching #CanadaPerforms.
- BDC: Purchase Order financing
Business management tools:
- Government Resources:
- Alberta Innovation Corridor Company Impact Assessment
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Pandemic Preparedness for Business Guide
- Canadian and US Tech Ecosystem Online Workshops/Events
- CDN Startup Community #COVID19 Talent Help List
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Business and Employers
- Deloitte: Managing cash flow during a period of crisis
- Economic Developers Alberta Webinar
- Effective Virtual Teams Roundtable LinkedIn Group
- Salt: COVID-19 | Resources for Self Employed, Small Business + More
- Startup Commons Free Courses
- Startup North: Job Boards, News and Advice from Canadian Founders
- Stormy Lake Consulting: Working in Self-Isolation
- The Upside Foundation of Canada: Resources & Tools to Help You Manage Your Business Through COVID-19
Challenges and open calls for support:
- With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, many people are looking at a lot of free time stuck indoors. Avoid cabin fever and use that time to make a difference in your community and the fight against COVID-19 by joining CODEVID-19, the world’s first pandemic hackathon!
- The purpose of the hackathon ultimately isn’t to win prizes, it’s to build useful apps that people can use to manage and survive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Government of Canada: Call for Suppliers
- Are you a business that can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19? Canada wants to hear from you.
- Government of Canada: NRC-IRAP COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program
- This program will post challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 500 staff) that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19 related need.
- NATO Innovation Challenge
- In response to the Pandemic, submit your Solutions to identify false information and mitigate its effects
- The DMZ at Ryerson University: #HackTheCurve Challenge
- Given the emergence of worldwide pandemic COVID-19, the DMZ is calling on Canadian innovators to work together to alleviate some of the difficulties being faced by Canadians and the rest of the world during this outbreak.
- World Tourism Organization: Healing Solutions for Tourism
- This challenge is a global call to reach the most disruptive startups, entrepreneurs and drive solutions to mitigate COVID-19 impacts on tourism through health, economic and destination management solutions. A step forward for Sustainable Development in a crisis situation.
Helpful resources and lists from the startup community:
Helpful resources and lists from our civic partners:
Personal financial and income support relief:
- Government Resources:
- Deferred mortgage payments, loans and credit extensions:
Important numbers for support and self-help:
- Alberta Health Services: Help In Tough Times
- Calgary Distress Centre: 24 hour call line 403-266-4357
- Edmonton Distress Centre: 24 hour call line 780-482-4357
- Suicide Help: 24 Hour call line: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
For fun, relaxing and self-care:
- Adweek: Talk Show Monologues
- Calgary Public Library: Digital Library
- Calm: Take a Deep Breath
- Cambridge University Press: Textbooks
- CBC: Online Fitness Classes
- iHeart Radio: Gyms/Trainers Free Workout Streams
- Kast: Host Online Movie/TV Watch Parties
- Paris Opera Free Online Screenings
- Social Distancing Festival
- Yoga Online: Junction 9 and Metta Yoga Calgary
- YYC Beer Delivery
- Zoos Victoria Live Streams
Deferral requests for ARTC and The Inc. members:
If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) visit Alberta Health Link:
- Dial 8-1-1 for Alberta Health Link
- If you are unsure whether or not you should be tested for COVID-19 visit the Alberta Health Services Online Screening Tool