As we enter week 9 of the COVID-19 crisis, several provinces have taken small steps that mark the beginning of recovery and re-opening the economy. That's a glimpse of good news for the small businesses and agricultural producers that have been hit so devastatingly hard by this outbreak. While a return to normal may be months into the future, businesses and consumers are starting to adapt to a new normal that integrates proper health and safety practices with the realities and practicalities of day to day living.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that the House of Commons has passed an emergency bill for the government’s COVID-19 emergency response. Learn more about the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
The Alberta government has budgeted a $50 million temporary program to help bridge the gap between federal emergency payments that begin in April 2020. This will apply to working Albertans who don't have another source of compensation (including Employment Insurance) and must self-isolate.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a pandemic. The World Health Organization says everyone must play a role to stop the spread of the disease. This includes businesses and employers.