Due to an overwhelming response from local businesses, the deadline to apply for the Small Business Emergency Relief Funding has been extended to August 12, 2016. Thanks to the contributions from the Canadian Red Cross, qualifying small businesses in the Wood Buffalo region impacted by the wildfire will have an extended opportunity to receive immediate financial support of $1,000.
“We know the importance that businesses play to the vital success of our community,” said Keith Smith, Acting Director, Economic Development, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. “We have listened to our business community, and thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Red Cross, we are able to provide local business owners with additional time to apply for emergency relief funding.”
"Economic Developers Alberta is pleased to support its members at the RMWB with the Hotline and emergency relief program," said Leann Hackman Carty, EDA CEO. “Almost 1,900 businesses have already received financial support from this program. Right now, it is critical to provide timely financial relief to businesses. By extending the deadline, we hope to provide even more support to small businesses in Fort McMurray.”
Financial relief for small business was identified as a key priority in the Business and Economic Recovery Plan, approved by Council on May 25, 2016.
To receive the emergency relief funds, small businesses must phone the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline at 1-855-RMWB BIZ (1-855-769-2249) from Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Once registered and qualified, businesses will receive instructions on how to receive the $1,000 of emergency relief.
Eligibility criteria includes:
- Register their business at the RMWB Business Recovery Hotline (1-855-RMWB-BIZ).
- Have an active RMWB business license.
- Be located/headquartered in a RMWB community.
- Be a small business – defined as having 50 employees or less.
For further resources and information, visit choosewoodbuffalo.ca.