COVID-19 Information

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: Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Get in Touch

Grant Recipients
Do you have questions about an existing grant? Contact your project advisor.

Do you have a COVID-19 response idea to propose? Complete the connect form.

Do you have a product or services to offer? Alberta Bits & Pieces Program or Canada Buy and Sell COVID

Current Opportunities

Here are some highlights of what we are doing to support Albertans and the global community.

COVID-19 Hackathon (April 10-May 18)
Using open data to provide a better understanding of the unfolding COVID-19 story, efforts to flatten the curve, and economic recovery for Alberta and Canada.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding Opportunity
Alberta Innovates has committed an initial $100,000 to support Alberta-led projects through this funding opportunity.

HOPE COVID-19 Study of HCQ
Alberta Innovates has invested in a new provincial study to determine whether the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) can prevent hospitalization for high-risk patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Financial Help for Businesses

Federal Programs

Program Category Description
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 SubsidyStaff Retention Short-term measure to allow businesses to reduce the required payroll deduction to the CRA.
Work-Sharing ProgramStaff Retention Extending the maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program to 76 weeks.
Time extension to pay income taxesTax DeferralAll 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 CustomsTax DeferralAll 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 MaintenanceProvides $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, RentProvides 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 FundingIRAP IAP provides a wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks.
Commercial Rent AssistanceRentThis program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.

Provincial Supports

Program Category Description
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 DeferralPremium payments are deferred. For small and medium businesses, the government will cover 50% of 2020 premiums when due in 2021.
Utility Payment Deferral UtilitiesResidential, farm, and small commercial customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for 90 days.
Alberta Energy Regulator Levy Tax DeferralProviding economic relief to Alberta’s energy industry by funding the Alberta Energy Regulator levy.
Site Rehabilitation ProgramOil & GasEligible oil and gas service companies can apply for grant funding to do abandonment and reclamation work on oil and gas sites in Alberta.