Overview

The 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.

To support businesses affected by the public health measures introduced in April 2021, a spring 2021 application period opened April 23.

Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of the impact of new public health measures or their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include:

  • physical barriers
  • purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies
  • paying rent and employee wages
  • replacing inventory and more

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Application status

Spring payment: Applications open. Application intake closes May 31.

First and second payment: Applications closed on March 31, 2021

If an application for a previous payment was submitted on or before March 31, it will remain under consideration until a decision on eligibility has been reached.

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Funding

The Government of Alberta has committed up to $350 million in funding for the spring 2021 payment from the program. Application intake for the program is open until May 31.

Organizations that commenced operations on or before February 29, 2020, must demonstrate a year-over-year revenue reduction of 30% comparing a month between November 2019 and April 2020 to the same month in the following year.

New organizations that commenced operations between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, must demonstrate a month-over-month revenue reduction of 30% when comparing a month between April 2020 and April 2021 to a month between November 2020 and April 2021.

Applicants can choose any month between the stated times to maximize their benefit payment and meet the required 30% revenue reduction.

When determining the revenue amount for the chosen months, in addition to sales revenue applicants must also include amounts received from the permitted COVID-19 support programs listed in the Eligibility Criteria. Amounts received from other supports must be prorated and added to the appropriate revenue month used in the application.

The spring 2021 payment is calculated as 15% of the eligible organization's revenue from the chosen month to a maximum of $10,000.

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Eligibility

Businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations as a result of public health orders issued by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health may be eligible.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a revenue reduction of at least 30% as a result of COVID-19 public health orders.

  • Eligible organizations

    To be eligible, an Alberta business, cooperative or non-profit organization must meet all of the following criteria.

    • Be one of the following legal entities as of March 31, 2021:
      • 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)
      • unregistered sole proprietor with sufficient documentation to demonstrate the existence of the organization's operations
      • 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 (as defined in Appendix I of the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant: Spring 2021 program guidelines) in Alberta and be established (and in good standing) with the requirements of the applicable legislation.
    • Be carrying on business or operations or were eligible to carry on business or operations in Alberta as of March 31, 2021.
    • Have less than 500 employees (full time, part-time and contract combined):
      • Seasonal businesses may use the number of employees from the year prior to when the COVID-19 public health orders were introduced, or the average number of employees over the 3 years prior to the COVID-19 public health orders introduced.
    • Have been required* to temporarily close or curtail operations due to April 2021 COVID-19 public health orders and be able to detail how and when operations were required* to be closed or curtailed.
      • *Taxicab and ride-share providers that can detail how their operations were impacted by public health orders and meet the rest of the eligibility criteria may apply.
      • *Hotels that can detail how their operations were impacted by the public health orders and meet the rest of the eligibility criteria may apply.
    • Have experienced a reduction in revenue of at least 30% as a result of the COVID-19 public health orders.
      • Existing organizations in operation on or before February 29, 2020, must demonstrate a year-over-year revenue reduction comparing a month between November 2019 and April 2020 to the same month in the following year.
      • New organizations that commenced operations between March 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021, must demonstrate a month-over-month revenue reduction when comparing a month between April 2020 and April 2021 to any month between November 2020 and April 2021.
      • Seasonal businesses that only operate for part of the year must demonstrate a revenue reduction when comparing their average monthly sales revenue for the full months they were in operation during 2019 and their average monthly sales revenue for the full months they were in operation during 2020.
    • Are open or plan to reopen as public health orders are lifted through Alberta’s phased relaunch.
    • May have received payments, grants, or amounts directly from the following assistance programs:
      • Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board premium relief
      • Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
      • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
      • Western Diversification Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
      • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
      • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
      • Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) including both base subsidy and lock-down support
      • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)/Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
      • Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF)
      • Canada Emergency Care Benefit
      • Government of Alberta Emergency Isolation Support
      • Government of Alberta grant relief funding for the child care sector
      • Government of Alberta Early Learning and Child Care pilot program
      • relief funding from municipalities

    If any other payments, grants or amounts were received from federal or provincial government sources or from insurance to replace or compensate for the loss of revenue (other than the sources listed above), your organization is not eligible to apply.

    Corporations registered under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta), must consent to having the Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) release corporate tax information to the Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation (JEI).

    To be eligible for the spring 2021 payment organizations must have been required to close or curtail operations by the public health orders in effect from April 6, 2021, and later.

    Organizations with multiple Alberta permanent physical establishments that have seen revenue reduction are eligible to apply for funding for each establishment. This includes scenarios where an organization has more than one location or chapter or branch that has seen revenue reduction of at least 30% due to COVID-19 public health orders.

    Applicants will be required to submit separate applications for each location or chapter or branch, and check the appropriate box in the application form.

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  • Ineligible organizations

    An organization whose operations were not closed or substantially curtailed due a public health order by the Chief Medical Officer of Alberta as a result of COVID-19 are not eligible. All awarded applicants may be required, upon an audit, to substantiate how the public health orders affected them and how they influenced their operations and revenues.

    For information on the public health orders, refer to the COVID-19 orders and legislation.

    Non-profit organizations that receive operational funding from government, such as: education supports and health care, except for agricultural societies, are ineligible.

    Non-profit organizations that receive funding from the programs below are also ineligible:

    • Canada Emergency Support Fund
    • Canada Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations
    • Canada Emergency support for women’s shelters and sexual assault centres
    • Alberta Emergency Funding for Charities, Non-profits and Food Banks (administered by FCSS)
    • Alberta Mental Health and Addiction COVID-19 Community Funding grant
    • Alberta Emergency Funding for Women and Homeless Shelters.

    Other ineligible entities include municipalities and overnight camps and those that have received the Government of Alberta’s Faith-based and Cultural Facility Relaunch Grant.

After you apply

The program aims to process applications and issue payments within 14 business days following submission. Any application data entry errors will increase processing time and applicants will not receive payment within the stated 14 business day window following submission.

Applications requiring manual review are processed in the order in which they are received based on the date of submission. Due to the high volume of applications requiring manual review, they may experience a delay of approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

  • After you have submitted your application, your application will appear on the main page of the online application portal in 'Submitted' status. Check the main page for further updates on the status of your application.

Approved applicants will receive funds via Electronic Fund Transfer directly into their bank account.

  • Ensure the banking information provided at the time of application is accurate to avoid payment delays.
  • The grant is a taxable benefit and must be declared on your annual returns.

Applications with incomplete or incorrect information, or that require manual review, will experience a delay in processing and will not receive payment within 14 business days.

  • Applications flagged for manual review will appear on the main page of the online application portal in 'Requires Manual Review' status.
  • The applicant may be contacted by a program officer for more information to complete the review.
  • Applicants who have already submitted their application should not reapply. Resubmitting an application could cause further delays.

Audit and compliance

All applications and corresponding grants are subject to a potential audit by the Government of Alberta, or their authorized representatives, upon reasonable notice to the recipient.

  • Any audit process would encompass taking copies and extracts of the records and books of account maintained by the recipient in accordance with eligible criteria outlined in the 'Eligibility criteria' section of the program guidelines.
  • If records or accounts are deemed inadequate to permit a determination of eligibility, repayment of the grant funding by the recipient will be required.

Contact

For questions and to connect with Small and Medium Enterprise Support program staff:

Email: [email protected]