Last updated Jan. 4, 2021. We will update blog posts when more information is released.
The Alberta government has launched a new grant to help small and medium-sized businesses reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns.
The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers up to $20,000 in funding for eligible businesses to help them offset a portion of their relaunch costs.
NEW: The Alberta government has dropped the threshold from a 40% revenue loss to 30% revenue loss due to the pandemic, and introduced a second payment through the program.
The funds can be used for physical barriers, personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies, along with rent, employee wages and inventory.
The grant is a taxable benefit and must declared on the businesses’ annual tax return.
Is my business eligible?
Businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that were ordered to temporarily close or curtail operations as a result of COVID-19 shutdowns may be eligible.
To qualify, you must be open or plan to reopen as public health orders are lifted through Alberta’s phased relaunch.
You will be required to demonstrate a revenue reduction of at least 30% in April and/or May 2020 as a result of public health orders.
Grant funding will be provided for 15% of the organization’s pre-COVID monthly revenue in either April 2019, May 2019, or February 2020 up to a maximum of $5,000 per business, cooperative or non-profit organization.
A second payment is available to businesses in areas on the provincial watch list that were required to curtail operations as a result of new public health orders in effect from November 6, 2020 and later.
The second payment is up to a maximum of $15,000, which means you could get a total of $20,000 from the grant.
Does my business qualify?
Your business must have less than 500 employees and meet one of the following legal entities:
- Corporation registered under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta)
- Partnership registered under the Partnership Act (Alberta)
- Sole proprietor with a trade name registered under the Partnership Act (Alberta)
- Corporation incorporated under a special act or a private act of the Alberta legislature
- Non-profit registered under a special act or a private act of the Alberta legislature
- Non-profit registered under part 9 of the Companies Act (Alberta)
- Society registered under the Societies Act (Alberta) or Agricultural Societies Act (Alberta)
- Cooperative registered under the Cooperatives Act (Alberta)
- Maintain a permanent establishment in Alberta and be established (and in good standing) under at least one of the above acts/legislation
- Be carrying on business/operations or were eligible to carry on business/operations in Alberta on February 29, 2020
What if I’ve received financial relief from another COVID-19-related program?
You can still receive the grant if you’ve received relief from the following:
- Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board premium relief
- Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
- Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
- Western Economic Development Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
- Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
- Government of Alberta grant relief funding for the child care sector
How do I apply?
You will need the following information for your application:
- Legal business name
- Corporate Access Number (CAN)
- Financial details of pre-COVID revenue and COVID-impacted revenue
- Social Insurance Number (for sole proprietors only)
- Banking information
- Financial information
Any questions about the application should be directed to SMErelaunch.email@example.com.
If you’d like to learn more about this or other COVID-19 programs for Canadian businesses, please call us at 1-800-265-1002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Unlimited consultation related to tax matters is a key benefit of FBC Membership. You can also book an appointment.
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