A one-time grant of up to $5,000 is being made available to support businesses in Halifax Regional Municipality and Hants County that have been ordered by Public Health to temporarily close in response to rising cases of COVID-19.
Eligible businesses will receive a one-time grant of 15 percent of their average monthly gross revenues for April 2019, or from February 2020 if it is a new business, up to a maximum of $5,000.
The provincial government announced a $21.5-million investment in new computers and technology for students.
The province will purchase up to 32,000 new Chromebooks so students can learn from home, if needed. Schools around the province will receive upgraded Wi-Fi, servers and routers to boost the capacity of teachers to support students learning from home.
The provincial government announced a broad asymptomatic testing strategy for people who patronize or work in late-night bars and restaurants.
Anyone who works in a licensed establishment or went to a bar or restaurant in Halifax Regional Municipality after 10 p.m. in the past two weeks should book a COVID-19 test, even if they don’t have symptoms.
The provincial government is providing $18.4 million to support the construction of three accommodation centers intended to improve accessibility to studies for First Nations youth.
In addition to affordable housing, culturally relevant and integrated services will be offered to tenants and members of their families with the aim of encouraging school perseverance, fostering educational success and ensuring that the return or continuation of studies be a success for all members of the family.
The provincial government is providing almost $155,000 to the International Organization of La Francophonie to help women and girls cope with the pandemic.
The money will go towards the education of girls, vocational training and entrepreneurship trades, the development of income-generating activities and creators of employment and integration of women into the formal sector of the labor market.
The provincial government is providing more financial support to those hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic through the opportunity to apply for a second payment from the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant.
The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees that faced restrictions or closures from public health orders, and experienced a revenue loss of at least 40 per cent due to the pandemic.
Applications will be open until March 31, 2021.
To learn more about the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant, or to apply online, clickhere.
The new Driving Back to Work grant program will cover up to 90 per cent of the cost of the Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for 300 unemployed Albertans to earn a Class 1 commercial truck driver licence.
Alberta is expected to have a shortage of 3,600 commercial truck drivers by 2023.
The Yukon Essential Workers Income Support Program has been extended to February 15, 2021.
The program provides low-income essential workers with a wage top-up of up to $4.00 per hour for 16 weeks. All services identified as critical or essential in the Guidelines for the delivery of critical, essential and other services are eligible.
Employers must apply on behalf of their staff and may choose when the 16 week benefit is applied between October 15, 2020 and February 15, 2021.
Employers can email the Department of Economic Development to apply.