Government Programs

Government Program List

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan for Individual and Business

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. View more here.


The CRB provides $500 per week for up to 26 weeks for workers who have stopped working or had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19, and who are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Canadian workers over the age of 15 who have earned more than $5,000 in the last 12 months but are now earning no more than $1,000 per month are eligible to receive $2,000 a month over four months. Apply now.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages (up to $847 a week per employee) for up to 24 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to August 29, 2020.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

Businesses who spent more than $20,000 and $1.5 million on payroll in 2019 are eligible for a guaranteed loan. The program offers eligible businesses a $40,000 loan with $10,000 in forgiveness if repaid by December 31, 2022. Learn more.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)

This program will lower rent for small businesses by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. CECRA will provide a loan retroactive to April 1. Learn more.

Destination Canada's Partnership with Provincial and Territorial Marketing Organizations

Over the next 18 months, Destination Canada will invest $30 million with Provincial and Territorial Marketing Organizations to support the recovery of communities and deliver locally led marketing programs encouraging Canadians to discover their own back yard. Learn more.

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The new RRRF will provide $304.2M to Western Canada to help more businesses and organizations in sectors such as manufacturing, technology, tourism and others that are key to the regions and to local economies. Learn more.

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

LEEFF will provide short-term liquidity assistance in the form of interest-bearing term loans to large Canadian employersThe intent of LEEFF is to provide bridge financing to large Canadian employers to help these enterprises to preserve their employment, operations and investment activities until they can access more traditional market financing. Learn more.

Canadian Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

CESB will pay $1,250 per month from May to August, 2020. Learn more.

Emergency Community Support Fund

This fund supports charities and nonprofits. The new funding will support small front-line organizations, as well as larger national groups, such as the United Way. Learn more.

Support for energy, arts, culture and sports sectors

The federal government has provided $962 million to regional development agencies, including the Community Futures Network, to help small businesses in rural areas access funds. Additionally, for artists, creators and athletes, the government has provided $500 million dollars to Heritage Canada.

ITAC funding for Canadian Indigenous tourism businesses

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) is offering funding of up to $25,000 per applicant. For more information, visit ITAC.

Tax relief for the tourism industry

Hotel and other lodging providers can delay paying the tourism levy until August 31, 2020 for amounts that become due to the government on or after March 27, 2020. View the news release from Alberta Chambers and Commerce.

Tourism Levy Relief for tourism industry

The Alberta government is providing new supports for hotels and other lodging providers that allow them to keep tourism levy amounts collected between March 1 and December 31, 2020. Learn more

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Government of Canada is implementing temporary flexibilities for Canada Summer Jobs 2020 in order to be more responsive to the challenges facing employers and youth. Learn more.

Temporary Lay Off Period

The Government of Alberta has temporarily amended the Employment Stands Code by increasing the temporary lay off period from 60 day to 120 days, and a number of other measures. More details can be found here.

Utility Payment Deferral

Albertans who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic can work with their utility company to defer electricity and natural gas bills until June 18, 2020 without any late fees or added interest payments. Learn more.

Free resources for small businesses

Business Link is a one-stop shop for small businesses seeking support in relation to COVID-19 based on their unique needs.