Helping protect employers and employees
Support from the Government of Alberta
The Alberta Government's Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG) has been reopened for a new payment to businesses affected by the April 2021 public health orders. The grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees that have faced restrictions or closures due to COVID-related public health orders, and have experienced revenue losses of at least 30 per cent. Hotels, taxis and ride-sharing services are also now eligible for this payment.
Eligible organizations will receive a payment of up to $10,000. Funds can be used to help offset a portion of the impact of new public health measures or relaunch costs.
This updated Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant program replaces the previously announced Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit.
Application intake for the program is extended until June 30, 2021 with a budget of $350 million.
Details on the program including funding and eligibility is available at Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant.
Support from the Government of Canada
The Government of Canada is supporting Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Learn more about support programs for businesses here
Other Financial Resources
- Government of Canada: Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
- Government of Alberta: Emergency Financial Assistance
- BDC: Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the Coronavirus COVID-19
- Government of Canada: Employment Insurance sickness benefits
- Government of Canada: Work Sharing Program
Last edited: May 27, 2021