Federal Supports


For the latest updates visit www.canada.ca

On March 20, 2020, the Federal Government announced plans to support businesses who rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products including critical health and safety supplies and equipment, such as personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology. In Alberta and Ontario, some distillers have already switched to producing hand sanitizer.

Details of the announcement are available at:  www.pm.gc.ca

Additional information regarding the COVID-19 response initiatives of the Alberta government and the federal government can be found at:

  • COVID-19 Information for Albertans - click here
  • Alberta Bits and Pieces Program - click here
  • Alberta Health Services’ Information on PPE (including Offers of Help and PPE Task Force Guidelines) - click here
  • Government of Canada Call to Action - click here

The Federal Government has now launched a “Calling on Suppliers” submission webpage: click here

There is further information available here, including the extension of other procurement opportunities here: click here 

Information for Businesses


Workshare Program

The Government of Canada offers the Work-Sharing Program, which is 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.   For more info check out the Work-Sharing program website or call the Employer Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693. click here

Employment Insurance Program

The Government of Canada offers benefits for individuals who may qualify if they have lost their job. click here

For Employers: click here

COVID-19 Employment Insurance claims can be made at: 1-833-381- 2725.  

When you call this number this is the info re. ROES: when issuing ROE, use code D when reason = illness/quarantine, use code A when reason = shutdown due to shortage of work, use code E or N – not sick

Additional links

The Conference Board of Canada - COVID-19 Impacts.  more information here