Covid-19 Business Resources
We are working hard to distilate current information sources and mine our network and committee connections to bring our business members opportunities, resources, links and best practices to addres the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you have a suggestion for material you’d like to share with our business membership, please contact us by email.
Recent Member Newsletters
Be Local YYC is offering complimentary memberships (valued at $375)
until July 31, 2020 – to help local businesses push through the financial impact of the pandemic. Get added to shop.belocal.org by completing this online application form.
Promoting our BIA
Working with the City of Calgary, Kensington is participating in the
campaign to support small businesses safely.
Learn more about the #BuyLocalYYC Campaign!
Advocacy & Participation
Kensington’s ED, Annie MacInnis, is serving on several steering and exploration committees with the City of Calgary to advocate for your interests as small business owners in our BIA. There are several opportunities for you to give feedback to our local government, please participate.
BIA Perceptions of COVID-19 and Business Survey
If you are a member business of the Kensington BIA, please complete this survey (5-10 min): BIA Survey Link
City Financial Task Force
We are proud of our ED for her hard work and long hours spent on this important and complex commitee to help support Calgary’s economic recovery and financial resiliency. (Ongoing)
A City-led Business Sector Support Committee is being organized. There will be BRZ ED stakeholders to advocate for your small business.
Rent Advocacy Update
Information on our efforts to advocate for rent abatements and rent relief.
Each level of government is providing information and resources for businesses, please visit these resource pages for up to date information:
City of Calgary Resources for Businesses: for reliable and up to date information about promoting your business, re-opening, and financial support available to businesses.
The City of Calgary information is provided via Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA): CEMA Updates
Resources and support for small business employers / employees:
COVID-19 Support for Employers and Employees
Resources and updates for small business: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response
Mar 27 Annoucement:
Federal govn’t boosts wage subsidy from 10% to 75%
Small Business Tips & Info:
Update Everything Online!
Remember to update your website and social media information areas with your hours and delivery options.
City of Calgary has shared this info on:
How to update Google My Business
If your business remains open we encourage you to submit it to the Calgary Herald free local business listing.
If your business is a restaurant or grocery store that is open, offers curbside pickup or delivery submit your to Avenue Magazine’s Open listings by mailing:
Available Facebook Groups:
Calgary Police Tip
If your business is closed please ensure you remove valuables from your windows to remove temptation in the event of an increase in vandalism. Although, to reassure you, the police are currently experiencing a decrease in call volumes providing increased capacity for more surveillance in mostly closed business districts.
Emergency credit is availble to businesses through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses’ resource page has info on employees, policies and templates available.