COVID-19 information - Alberta Innovates

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.

Last update: Wednesday, September 16, 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


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

Raising investment funds in the time of COVID

3D robotics supply chain company Attabotics raises $50 million USD in venture capital during a pandemic. Read more.

Further $2.1 million for COVID-19 research

Alberta Innovates is pleased to announce an additional $2.1 M investment in research and innovation projects that will slow the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19.  

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.

COVID-19 Hackathon

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

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.