The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our province and you will find information here designed to help Alberta innovators:
- Find out if the status of a program has changed
- Determine which government subsidies, loans or deferrals may apply
- Advance an idea for a solution, or supply a product through government procurement systems.
This page is updated weekly on Tuesday and Thursday.
Last update: Thursday, June 25, 2020.
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Here are some highlights of what we are doing to support Albertans and the global community.
Alberta Innovates again invests in COVID-19 rapid response
In partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, we’re pleased to announce the results of a second partnered investment to stop the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19.
The Hackathon is now complete. Please see the list of winners. Thank you to everyone that participated.
COVID-19 rapid response funding opportunity
We’ve committed an initial $100,000 to support Alberta-led projects through this funding opportunity.
Alberta-led research to address the most challenging problems for COVID-19
We’ve partnered with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to commit $4.2 million to Alberta researchers
HOPE COVID-19 Study of HCQ
May 25, 2020 – Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of study participants, the University of Calgary has temporarily suspended enrollment into the Alberta HOPE COVID-19 trial looking into the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as an early intervention for COVID-19 until results from a WHO study and others that are ongoing can be reviewed. Follow-up and monitoring of patients enrolled in the trial will continue. We’ll keep you informed, posting updates as we receive more information.
Financial help for businesses
|Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)||Staff Retention||Subsidy covers 75% of employee wages for businesses that have suffered a drop in gross revenues.|
|Temporary Wage Subsidy||Staff Retention||Short-term measure to allow businesses to reduce the required payroll deduction to the CRA.|
|Work-Sharing Program||Staff Retention||Extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program to 76 weeks.|
|Time extension to pay income taxes||Tax Deferral||All businesses can defer, until after Aug 31, 2020, payment of any income tax amounts owing on or after March 18 and before September 2020.|
|Deferral of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs||Tax Deferral||All businesses can defer payments of the GST/HOST, as well as customs duty owing on their imports.|
|Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)||Utilities, Rent, A/R Support, B2B Sales Support & Liability Maintenance||Provides $40 billion of additional support through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC). Interested businesses should work with their current financial institutions.|
|Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)||Utilities, Rent||Provides interest-free loans to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover operating costs. Businesses can apply through their banks and credit unions. See website and banks for details.|
|Farm Credit Canada COVID-19 Support||Utilities||Provide an additional $5 billion in lending to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors.|
|Innovation Assistance Program (IAP)||Staff Retention, IRAP Funding||IRAP IAP provides a wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks.|
|Commercial Rent Assistance||Rent||This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.|
|Alberta Corporate Income Tax Deferral||Tax Deferral||Tax payments are deferred and corporate income tax filing due dates are extended.|
|Education Property Tax Deferral||Tax Deferral||Collection of non-residential education property tax for businesses will be deferred.|
|WCB Premium Payment Deferral||WCB Deferral||Premium payments are deferred. For small and medium businesses, the government will cover 50% of 2020 premiums when due in 2021.|
|Utility Payment Deferral||Utilities||Residential, farm, and small commercial customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for 90 days.|
|Alberta Energy Regulator Levy||Tax Deferral||Providing economic relief to Alberta’s energy industry by funding the Alberta Energy Regulator levy.|
|Site Rehabilitation Program||Oil & Gas||Eligible oil and gas service companies can apply for grant funding to do abandonment and reclamation work on oil and gas sites in Alberta.|