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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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:


Health guidelines for home, work, events and travel:


Business financial relief:

  • Government Resources:
    • Export Development Canada Program 
      • Under the federal government’s new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) can now provide more than $10 billion of additional financing to customers facing economic challenges caused by COVID-19.
    • 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."
  • Others


Business management tools:


Challenges and open calls for support:

  • CODEVID-19
    • 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:


Important numbers for support and self-help:


For fun, relaxing and self-care:


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: