At Platform Calgary, our mission has always been to build a robust community that attracts and nurtures innovation in Calgary. We know that COVID-19 has challenged and changed so much for our community. We also know that the energetic and creative ventures that exist in Calgary will be key to a smooth recovery.
As we transition towards what we hope will be some sense of normalcy, we wanted to provide some updated resources to help you move through this time with a little more ease.
We will continue to be here with you and for you and can’t wait for all the innovation that’s waiting on the other side!
Please find your resources below:
Our Advisors are available to help you navigate in this time of uncertainty. Book a conversation with them here:
Stay prepared and up-to-date on the current situation by regularly checking the following resources:
- Government of Alberta
- Government of Alberta Vaccine Program
- Government of Canada
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
Health guidelines for home, work, events and travel:
- Government of Alberta: Help Prevent the Spread (Posters)
- Government of Canada Travel Advice
- Government of Canada: Reduce the spread of COVID-19 - Wash your hands
- Government of Canada Risk-Informed Decision Making for Mass Gatherings
- City of Calgary: Masks and Face Coverings in Businesses
- Government of Alberta: Providing Paid COVID-19 Vaccination Leave
- Centre for Disease Control Guidelines
- Government of Alberta: Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant
- Offers financial assistance to Alberta organizations (businesses, cooperatives and non-profits) that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Application intakes close June 30, 2021.
- Government of Canada: NRC IRAP Innovation Assistance Program
- On November 6, 2020 the Government of Canada announced over $155 million to extend the Innovation Assistance Program. Over the coming weeks, existing IAP recipients will be contacted with more information.
- Government of Canada: Support for Business
- Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
- The new Canada Emergency Business Account will provide interest-free loans to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. As of December 4, 2020, CEBA loans have increased from $40,000 to $60,000.
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
- CERS provides businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities with lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses from September 27, 2020 until June 2021.
- Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund
- Supporting black business owners and entrepreneurs by providing loans between $25,000 and $250,000. They will begin accepting applications in May 2021.
- Indigenous Businesses
- The Government of Canada is providing up to $306.8 million in interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions for First Nations, Inuit and Métis businesses.
- Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
- EDC Loan Guarantee
- BDC Co-Lending Program
Employees and Payroll:
- Government of Alberta: Alberta Jobs Now
- Provides up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses with job supports to get thousands of Albertans back to work. Employers can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans in new or vacant positions. First intake applications open from May 20 to August 31, 2021.
- Government of Canada: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
- The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020 to June 2021.
- Government of Canada: Employment and Social Development Canada
- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is the department of the Government of Canada responsible for developing, managing and delivering social programs and services. Receive information on:
- Work-Sharing Program
- Work-Sharing (WS) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program is being extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for employers affected by COVID-19.
- Government of Canada: Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy
- The Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deduction required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
- Government of Canada: Flexibility for Businesses Filing Taxes
- The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all businesses to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020.
- Deferred mortgage payments, loans and credit extensions:
- TD Bank Finance Support Call: 1-888-720-0075
- BMO Finance Support Call: 1-877-788-1923
- RBC Finance Support Call: 1-800-769-2511.
- CIBC Financial Assistance Call: 1-877-454-9030
- Scotia Bank Financial Assistance Call: 1-800-4-SCOTIA
- ATB Relief for Customers Call: 1-800-332-8383
- Facebook: Small Business Grants Program
- Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help your small business during this challenging time.
- Hockeystick Startup Network: Active Funders in Canada
- Canadian startups need funding now more than ever, so Hockeystick created this resource. If you are or know an active funder, please add them.
- Lighthouse Labs Scholarships
- These scholarships will offer partial tuition coverage, and are intended to help recipients develop skills that will allow them to launch new careers and get back to work during these unsettling times.
- BDC Capital Bridge Financing Program
- For Canadian venture-firm backed companies impacted by COVID who may not qualify for many of the federal government relief measures.
Business management tools:
- City of Calgary: Maintaining business during an infectious disease outbreak
- Government of Alberta: Support for Employers and Employees
- Government of Canada: Support for Businesses
- Government of Canada Trade Commissioner: Resources for Canadian businesses
General and Business Continuity:
- Alberta Innovation Corridor Company Impact Assessment
- Canadian Business Resilience Networks
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Pandemic Preparedness for Business Guide
- Canadian and US Tech Ecosystem Online Workshops/Events
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Business and Employers
- COVID-19 Continuity
- Economic Developers Alberta Webinar
- Salt: COVID-19 | Resources for Self Employed, Small Business + More
- Startup Commons Free Courses
- The Upside Foundation of Canada: Resources & Tools to Help You Manage Your Business Through COVID-19
- Startup Calgary Community Events Calendar
Sales and Cash Flow:
- Deloitte: Managing cash flow during a period of crisis
- MaRs: Managing Cash Flow during COVID-19
- Startup Calgary Podcast: Ask Me Anything: How Will Your Sales Team Respond To COVID-19?
Talent and Remote Work:
- CDN Startup Community #COVID19 Talent Help List
- Effective Virtual Teams Roundtable LinkedIn Group
- Startup North: Job Board
- Stormy Lake Consulting: Working in Self-Isolation
- YYC Student Connection
- Hellotech Job Board
Challenges and open calls for support:
- Government of Canada: Call for Suppliers
- Are you a business that can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19? Canada wants to hear from you.
- Government of Canada: COVID-19 Challenge: Made in Canada filtration material for the manufacture of N95 respirators and surgical masks
- To protect healthcare personnel against exposure to airborne particles and droplet hazards related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is seeking a solution that will provide alternative filtration materials at large scale volumes that are suitable for use in the manufacture of N95 respirators and surgical masks for healthcare workers.
- Government of Canada: NRC-IRAP COVID-19 Challenges Procurement Program
- This program will post challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 500 staff) that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19 related need.
Helpful resources and lists from the startup community:
Helpful resources and lists from our civic partners:
Important resources for support and self-help:
- Alberta Health Services: Help In Tough Times
- Calgary Distress Centre: 24 hour call line 403-266-4357
- Edmonton Distress Centre: 24 hour call line 780-482-4357
- Suicide Help: 24 Hour call line: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
- Substance Abuse and COVID-19: 1-844-616-3400
For fun, relaxing and self-care:
- Adweek: Talk Show Monologues
- Best of Calgary Foods
- Calgary Public Library: Digital Library
- Calm: Take a Deep Breath
- Cambridge University Press: Textbooks
- CBC: Online Fitness Classes
- iHeart Radio: Gyms/Trainers Free Workout Streams
- Kast: Host Online Movie/TV Watch Parties
- Paris Opera Free Online Screenings
- Social Distancing Festival
- Tourism Calgary: #LoveYYC from Home
- Yoga Online: Junction 9 and Metta Yoga Calgary
- YYC Beer Delivery
If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) visit Alberta Health Link:
Dial 8-1-1 for Alberta Health Link
If you are unsure whether or not you should be tested for COVID-19 visit the Alberta Health Services Online Screening Tool