Edson COVID-19 Response
The latest information from the Town of Edson's response to the COVID-19 situation.
Small Business Loan Program
At the August 18th, 2020 Town council meeting, All three readings of the Non-Residential Property Tax Incentive Program Bylaw were passed, repealing the previous version. The purpose of the incentive is to encourage new development and redevelopment of non-residential properties within the Town and to encourage economic growth.
This program is for new development, additions, renovations, or expansions (permanent), with the assessed value being greater than or equal to a 25% increase over the previous assessment. The tax exemption would apply to increase in assessment only.
The period of tax exemption is five (5) years pro-rated as follows:
Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.
The following guidance documents were recently updated by Alberta Health Services:
Cleaning procedures for public facilities: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-environmental-cleaning-public-facilities.pdf
Workplace Guidance for Business Owners: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-workplace-guidance-for-business-owners.pdf
Council has approved some key recommendations from the Emergency Management Advisory Committee for personal and business-related supports at their April 7th meeting.
Temporary Tax Payment Due Date. Council has passed all three readings of Bylaw 2244. This bylaw amends the taxation due dates and the subsequent penalty dates for 2020, as directed by the Emergency Management Committee.
Automatic payments for tax accounts will continue unless the account holder contacts the finance department with further instructions. Residents and businesses that can make payments are encouraged to keep their accounts up to date.
Utility Bill Payment Deferrals. Council has approved the recommendation to defer utility bill payments. The following is now in place:
Automatic payments for utility accounts will continue unless the account holder contacts the finance department with further instructions. Again, customers that can make payments on time are encouraged to do so. These payments will still need to be made up in 2020.
Adjustment of Staff Hours. Approval was given for the reduction of staff hours to a 0.9 schedule. While this move will have impacts on service levels, the resulting savings would be approximately $540,000 for 2020. Further emergency budget discussions will be happening at the Committee of the Whole meeting of April 14th, 2020.
211 Support - The Town of Edson would like to remind everyone that there are supports available in these difficult times. Please call 211 to speak to a live person who can assist 24 hours a day. 211 can help connect residents to social supports and referrals, including mental health assistance. This free resource is available by call, text, or online chat at https://www.ab.211.ca/.
Community Futures West Yellowhead is available to chat with via phone or email should you have any concerns or questions about your business during this time.
780-865-1224, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to better serve the businesses of our region during the COVID-19 crisis, we are asking for you to complete the following survey. Thank you for your participation as we all work to manage this public health and economic crisis together.
BUSINESS IMPACT SURVEY
The Edson and District Chamber of Commerce is also available via phone or email.
780-723-4918, or email email@example.com
The Town of Edson Planning department is working hard to keep up to date on recent changes and can assist or direct by calling 780-723-4402 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the link below for details on how to register and apply for MyAlberta Emergency Isolation Supports.
https://www.alberta.ca/emergency-isolation-support.aspx - Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other source of pay or compensation.
For further supports see : https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx
Economic Developers Alberta is conducting an online survey for Alberta businesses to help determine trends and resources required. This can be found at https://edaalberta.wufoo.com/forms/r19ded0919ea64b
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association is also keeping a summary of supports available. Their guide can serve as a helpful resource to inform local not-for-profit organizations, local businesses, and stakeholders about the supports that are available. The Guide will be updated weekly and can be found through the AUMA online hub for COVID-19.
The Government of Canada has outlined their Economic Response Plan. It contains supports for individuals and businesses. Follow the link for the official release.
Highlights of Canada Economic Response Plan (from Community Futures West Yellowhead)
Links to business support programs and associations
Federal Government Support for Canadians and Businesses
Business Development Canada – Support for Entrepreneurs
Export Development Canada – Support for Exporters
Western Economic Diversification (WD) – Support for Businesses
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness Guide to help create a business continuity plan
Canadian Federation of Independent Business – Small Business Guide- Keeping You and Your Employees Safe
Economic Developers Alberta supports
Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders to Address the Social and Economic Fallout from the Coronavirus
Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta (CPHR Alberta)
*Please note that this is an evolving situation. Check original sources for the latest information.