Business Support During COVID-19

Closure of All Non-essential Retail Businesses

Effective March 27, 2020, the Government of Alberta has issued an Order about essential and non-essential businesses. To see how this affects your business, View the Order ›

View the City of St. Albert letter which was distributed to St. Albert Businesses on April 1, 2020.

Updated: April 1, 2020, at 4:02 pm

essential businesses 

If you have questions about whether your business is considered essential, please see the Government of Alberta’s list, or email the Government of Alberta directly at to:

Updated: March 28, 2020, at 11:35 pm

From the St. Albert RCMP

While businesses are closed, owners should practice the following:

  • Keep storefront & sales area lights on
  • Keep exterior lights on
  • Turn off equipment (computers/photocopiers/kitchen appliances etc.)
  • Store flammables and combustibles in secure location
  • Keep cash register open & empty
  • Do not leave any cash on premises
  • Secure other valuables, if unable to take them out of the business
  • Secure all equipment and stock
  • Secure and lock all doors and windows
  • Turn on security system & security surveillance equipment

St. Albert RCMP members are increasing their proactive patrols through out business areas and in city neighbourhoods, while business owners & the community follow Alberta Health Services direction to work remotely at home, self isolate and/or physical distance.

The City encourages business owners to contact their Insurance Agents, if they have further questions about their business being closed during this pandemic.

Updated April 1, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Staying Informed

To stay informed on the evolving COVID-19 situation, monitor these government and health pages for Alberta, Canadian and international information. 

Fraud Awareness

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, scams are starting to circulate and the public needs to be aware. 

For more information about scams affecting businesses and the top 10 frauds affecting Canadians visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 


Financial Support

From the Government of Canada

On March 13, the Government of Canada (GOC) announced a coordinated package of measures to support the functioning of markets, the resilience of our financial sector, and continued access to financing for Canadian businesses. On March 18, the GOC announced further measures to support businesses. A complete list of details is available at Supporting Businesses.

On March 27,  the Government of Canada announced wage subsidy hike for small business. Read the announcment.

From the Government of Alberta

On March 18, the Government of Alberta announced measures to protect employers and employees from the economic disruption of COVID-19 and position Alberta for recovery.

Other Financial Resources

Public Health Measures

The Government of Alberta has implemented new public health measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including new restrictions on mass gatherings that affect businesses.


Maintaining Business Operations

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

Business continuity planning

For more information

Questions? Visit or call the City at 780-459-1500 to speak with someone about your business.

Follow the City of St. Albert on Facebook and Twitter.

Important information will be sent directly to businesses using the email address provided for your business license and through the Focus on Business e-newsletter.

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Last edited: April 1, 2020