Business Resources for COVID-19
Business Resources for COVID-19
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) now declared a global pandemic, we think of our members and our business community whom we have the privilege to serve. We want to share some resources that may assist you.
These are challenging times for us locally, provincially, federally, and globally. Governments at every level are working to protect Canadians from the COVID–19 virus and the Didsbury & District Chamber of Commerce will take necessary steps to assist our business community.
We recognize that COVID–19 has wide-sweeping effects on our business community and every day we see new policy and procedural changes as this unprecedented pandemic affects company operations.
We understand how devastating this pandemic is on your business and we also recognize there is a lot of information out there to navigate and so it becomes difficult to find credible sources. In order to stay up to date and informed with the latest information, we encourage you to use the resources on our website.
In the meantime, the Chamber has canceled or postponed all of our upcoming events within the next couple of months, we've closed our office and moved to protect our team by working remotely so that we can remain in good health to better serve our community. We are holding off on board room bookings to prevent further spread and to ensure physical distancing. However, please know if you need Chamber services, you can always get in touch with any of our team members, as we are here to serve you. If you email us, that is the quickest way to connect with us and our voice mails do go to our emails, so we will be able to monitor messages this way as well. We understand the considerable stress you are going through, not only as business people but also with your families and friends. If we can help in any way or if you have any thoughts on how we can help you get through these troubling times, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that during a crisis, relevant and timely data is mission-critical, and that is why we’ve partnered with provincial, national and international organizations to understand what businesses are going through during this unprecedented time, but also going forward as we recover. It is essential that we collect current data to fully understand the extent of the impact on businesses in Canada in order to influence and inform decisions in the weeks and months ahead.
We won't be promoting many surveys, but we felt these were important:
Provincial: Alberta Chambers of Commerce: open until April 26th.
Federal: Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC): open until April 24th.
Global: International Chamber of Commerce: open until April 27th.
Here are some key resources you can use as you navigate this challenging time:
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Chamber of Commerce
Checklist and Guidelines
- Alberta Health Services PPE Guidelines
- Alberta Prepares: Pandemic Influenza Business Checklist
- Alberta PPE Guideline for Care of Individuals with Suspect or Confirmed COVID-19
- BDC: 7 steps to sustain your business through the disruption
- Government of Canada: Guidance on Essential Services and Functions
- Government of Alberta: Guidance for Managers and Operators of Industrial Work Camps
- Government of Alberta: Guidance for Workplaces
- Government of Alberta: Non-healthcare workplace guidance during COVID-19
- Canadian Payroll Association: Payroll Continuity Best Practice Guidelines
- International Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Guidelines for Business
- BILD Alberta: Tips for Operating Worksites During COVID-19
- Working Virtually - Checklist & Tips
- Workplace Guidance for Business Owners
World Health Organization: Getting your workplace ready for Covid-19
Employment Standards, Labour and Occupational Health and Safety
Changes to the Employment Standards Code will allow employees who are required to self-isolate or are caring for a loved one with COVID-19 to take 14 days of paid job-protected leave to cover the self-isolation period being recommended by Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health. There will be no requirement to have a medical note for such leave or to have worked for an employer for 90 days to qualify for such leave.
A separate phone line has been set up through Service Canada for queries related to EI sickness benefits relating to COVID-19. The phone number is 1-833-381-2725. The federal government has waived the one (1) week waiting period for Canadians requiring EI sickness benefits for COVID-19, including those who are in a 14-day isolation period. Canadians can apply right away. For employers who do not offer sick leave, or for employees who have exhausted sick leave entitlements, there are other supports available as listed below.
- Changes to Employment Standards for COVID-19
- Employment Standards Rules
- Employment Standards Toolkit
- Employment Standards Code
- Employment Standards for layoffs, recall, and terminations
- Record of Employment information
- OHS Publications for COVID-19
- OHS: Respiratory viruses and the workplace
- Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers have additional requirements, so please refer to the Guidance for Employers and if employers have any other questions regarding any immigration issues, IRCC has created a new centralized mailbox for all COVID-19 related queries, which will be checked daily and responses can be expected within 3 days. The e-mail address is: IRCC.COVID19SPOQuestions-FSQuestionsCOVID19.IRCC@cic.gc.c
- WCB Resources including WCB COVID-19 worker fact sheet and the WCB COVID-19 employer fact sheet
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Click here for free resources
Agribusiness Supports and Information
- Alberta Gaming, Liquor, Cannabis
- Alberta Liquor Store Association: COVID-19 safety measures that can be implemented in-store.
- Commercial Vehicle Drivers
- Construction and Land Development Industry:
- Cement and Concrete Industry: Concrete Alberta’s best practices for delivering concrete during COVID-19 and Concrete Canada’s best practice health and safety guidelines for employees in the cement and concrete industry.
- Energy Safety Canada
- Resources for Retailers
- Resources for Tourism Businesses
- Tourism HR Canada
TEMPLATES AND TOOLSBDC Business Continuity Plans and templates for Entrepreneurs
- BDC Business Plan Template
- Business Continuity & Recovery Plan
- Business Continuity Handbook
- Business Continuity Template
- Crisis Communication Plan
- Emergency Response Plan Template
- Plan for Resilience: Workplace Edition for Leaders Employees and Self-Employed
- Business Insurance: How is coverage triggered? (Insurance Bureau of Canada)
- Business Link Resources; Legal Support for Small Businesses in Alberta Impacted by COVID-19
- Managing Cash Flow