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COVID-19: WD support for western Canadian businesses

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This page will be updated as more details about COVID-19-related supports become available.

As a trusted federal government partner, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is taking action to support small and medium-sized businesses.

WD can assist your business with:

Open for applications: Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

This Fund helps businesses, organizations and communities relieve the economic impact of COVID-19 and prepare for recovery by:

Find out if you’re eligible.

Repayable contributions payment deferral

If your small or medium-sized business or organization has received WD funding and COVID-19 is affecting your operations, you may be eligible to receive additional funding and/or flexible arrangements. Please contact your local WD office if:

Please note that if your business is in the repayment phase of your project:

Regional Air Transportation Initiative

This $206 million initiative aims to help regional air transportation ecosystems affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. It will support regional and local air carriers and airports that are critical regional transportation hubs or fill essential service gaps in Western Canada. This support will enable the air transportation system in Western Canada to remain operational through these difficult times and continue to support the economic growth of our communities.

Click here for further details on the Regional Air Transportation Initiative.

Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund

Applications are no longer being accepted.

This new fund offers $62.5 million of new assistance to the fish and seafood processing sectors. The funding provides tangible and rapid assistance to help address the financial strain and market instability that the fish and seafood processing sector is facing.

This investment helps ensure the resilience of the food system by allowing Canada’s fish and seafood processing sector to safely and efficiently process, store, package and distribute healthy, high-quality products, sourced from our fish harvesters and aquaculture operators, onto the plates of Canadians.

Click here for further details on the Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund.

Other support from the Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is taking action to support western Canadian small- and medium-sized businesses. Information on financial and economic support is available below and will be updated as details become available.

Canadian Business Resilience Network

The Canadian Business Resilience Network provides links to both government and private sector resources.

Contact WD:

General enquiries

Western Economic Diversification Canada
Suite 1500, 9700 Jasper Ave
Edmonton AB T5J 4H7

Toll Free: 1-888-338-WEST (9378)
Telephone: 780-495-4164
Fax: 780-495-4557
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-877-303-3388
Email: WD.contactus-contactez-nous.DEO@canada.ca

Visit canada.ca/coronavirus for the latest information.

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