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COVID-19 Business Resources and Information  

Updated April 1, 2020

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. We encourage you to reach out to your landlords, accountants, banks and business insurance providers as soon as possible, especially if you will be closing your business temporarily. We continue to monitor updates from Alberta Health Services and the City of Edmonton for all public safety information.

April 1, 2020 – CFIB has provided the latest update on the 75% wage subsidy as announced by the Government of Canada. They are also working on a flow chart to help SME’s determine which support programs are right for them, we will share this once it is available. The previously linked FAQ was about the 10% wage subsidy, so please note the CRA page will be updated.

March 27, 2020 – the Government of Alberta placed further restrictions on mass gatherings and business, facility and workplace closures.

March 26, 2020 – the City Of Edmonton has taken additional measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 by closing all personal services businesses.

All levels of government are working towards rolling out support for business. The latest announcements can be found here:

For additional support, Business Link has experts available to consult with by email, phone and live chat. Or, contact the Canadian Federation of Independent Business help centre at 1-888-234-2232.

Further resources related to insurance, financial aid, FAQ’s and more are available here.


Updated March 17, 2020

Update from the Old Strathcona Business Association

Now, more than ever, the health and wellbeing of our staff, business members, residents, and visitors of Old Strathcona is top of mind. We are working with city officials and stakeholders to address the challenges that face the local business community during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Old Strathcona Business Association will continue to be the voice of this community in those discussions.  

Considering the current situation, and following recommendations from the Government of Alberta, we have decided to close our office until further notice. Our team is fully integrated online, and will be working from home. We are available during regular office hours by phone and email. Any scheduled meetings will be taken via conference call to further reduce any risks associated with social interaction.  

If you have questions about a businesses’ operations, we suggest that you get in touch with that business directly, as each business is handling their operations differently, while doing their best to ensure the safety of their staff and patrons. We recognize that this situation is changing rapidly, and our businesses are doing their part to adapt. Some businesses have made changes to expand delivery and online shopping options. Please consider supporting our local business community buy ordering take-out, getting delivery, buying a gift card, or if you are comfortable purchasing in person, to take the necessary precautions to do so. 

We are committed to supporting our community during this difficult time. Please ensure you are following the latest updates from the Government of Alberta, as they are the primary source of information on the COVID-19 health crisis. 

Thank you for your support and understanding. 

-The Old Strathcona Business Association