COVID-19 Information

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Updated – January 11th, 2021

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 ALBERTA MADE PRODUCTION GRANT Application Intake Windows are January 2 – 16 2021 and July 2 – 16 2021

This grant supports smaller budget Alberta productions and contributes to government’s goal of growing Alberta’s cultural industries. It assists Alberta producers to develop Alberta content. It also helps them attract and maintain skilled labour by providing employment opportunities for emerging talent and established industry professionals.

Recognizing that small-budget productions have different funding needs than large-budget productions, the grant provides funding to help productions manage their immediate cash flow needs via an interim payment.

THE SMALL and MEDIUM ENTERPRISE RELAUNCH GRANT offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations in December and, experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers 2 payments to eligible applicants, with up to $20,000 in available funding per eligible application. Please watch the Video to support your Application Process  ~

Alberta Innovates extended its Innovation Relief and Recovery Program (IRR) with $350,000, in an effort to help more small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program initially launched in fall 2020 with $400,000 in federal funding through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), part of a total $1.3 million contribution from WD to Alberta Innovates.

This new funding, provided entirely by Alberta Innovates, aims to support an additional 38 SMBs in recovery from pandemic caused disruptions. The IRR program offers tech businesses access to various technical and business supports that are not covered through other relief programs. Project activities may include product testing and refinement, manufacturing capacity improvement, customer discovery work as well as professional services such as human resources, legal, and financial required to support relief and recovery. Support for each project ranges from $5,000 up to $10,000.

Government of Alberta Faith-based and Cultural Facility Relaunch Grant

One-time reimbursement to relaunch facilities used for cultural, religious, spiritual and ceremonial gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The program is currently open and accepting applications until March 1, 2021. There are 2 intake deadlines, December 15, 2020 and March 1, 2021.

 Community Futures Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

This $962-million Government of Canada fund is to support small and medium size businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses can now apply for loans of up to $40,000 through RRRF. As the financing terms of RRRF and Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) are similar, rural businesses can choose which program to apply for funding.


The Canada-Alberta Job Grant helps cover training expenses for existing employees and new hires.  If you are hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee.  For further information, please contact the Canada-Alberta Job Grant processing centre at: 1-855-638-9424 or email

CALL for PROPOSALS – Government of Alberta Community Capacity for Newcomer Integration 

(Grants by January 31, 2021)

Two Streams:

1.       Small centre and rural capacity – Projects will develop and build the capacities of small centres/rural areas to be welcoming and inclusive; applicants must be municipality, chamber of commerce, business improvement organization, community development organization, or economic development organization

2.       COVID-19 response – Projects will encourage communities to come together to address the impact of COVID-19 on newcomers and newcomer service-providing organizations; applicants must be non-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, or registered company

 Applications for the Canada Summer Jobs 2021 Are Being Accepted

The Federal Governments’ Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.

The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows:

  • provide quality work experiences for youth
  • respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers
  • provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.


When this program launches, companies can receive a grant of up to 20% toward qualifying research and development expenditures. This new grant will promote investment and diversification and support companies of all sizes and stages of their business cycle by rewarding all R&D spending in Alberta, regardless of the industry.