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Covid-19 Business Resources

COVID-19 Notice

Starting mid-April: Small businesses in Alberta will be able to benefit from a new financial relief program that will put more money in the hands of job creators and provide more security for workers and their families. Learn more. Application is open until March 31st


February 4 update: New businesses and unregistered sole proprietors can now apply for Alberta’s small business relaunch grant. Learn more and apply


January 15 update: Effective Monday, January 18, some provincewide restrictions will be eased:

  • Outdoor social gatherings are allowed up to 10 people. Indoor gatherings remain prohibited
  • Personal and wellness services are allowed to open by appointment only

Easing of restrictions for outdoor gatherings and personal services

Effective Monday, January 18, personal and wellness services will be allowed to open by appointment only. More details

Personal and wellness services include the following:

  • esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing, make-up
  • body, nose and ear piercing, and tattoos
  • artificial tanning and spray tanning
  • facial, eyebrow and eyelash treatments
  • cosmetic skin and body treatments
  • laser hair and tattoo removal
  • hairstyling and barbering
  • floatation tanks
  • reflexology
  • colonic irrigation

All Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers must continue to follow all other existing health measures.


Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

To better support Alberta’s small business community through the ongoing public health crisis, the Alberta government is expanding the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

  • Effective February 4: New businesses and unregistered sole proprietors can now apply for Alberta’s small business relaunch grant.
  • Any new company that meets the 30 per cent threshold will be able to apply for the grant starting February 4, 2021.
    • Small businesses that may be eligible under the new rules should wait until February 4 to apply, to avoid being deemed ineligible.
  • Additional supports for businesses are available through the Federal Government

Details


Reduced Capacities for Businesses

Effective Dec. 13, some businesses are required to temporarily close, reduce capacity or limit their in-person access.

Retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (not including staff) or a minimum of 5 customers

Alberta Health Services enhanced restrictions


Update on Occupancy limits

If the business has an Occupancy permit issued by the Fire Department they would be expected to comply with 25% of that given Occupancy load.

Businesses that do not have a permit issued by the Fire Department and do not require one, would fall well within the 25% of the occupancy load if they ensure their customers maintain the physical distancing of 2 meters apart.

Restricted Capacity and Occupancy Limits


Additional Information

Dedicated Support

There is a dedicated staff member who will be available by phone to help businesses find and connect to the resources they need to support them.

Call 403-938-8052

Town response to COVID-19

Alberta Re-launch Resources

Resources and information to help your business re-open

Federal Resources

Government of Alberta

List of provincial government programs for businesses

Support for Employers

Provincial Resources

Local Support

Local support for Okotoks' businesses

Mental Health

Resources to support business owners 

Agriculture

Support for those in the agriculture industry

Free Training and Webinars

Recorded online training and seminars to support businesses with recovery and future success