City of Calgary Updates:
For those asking for deferral from Enmax, please see below if you would qualify.
existing Government deferral programs apply to all residential, farm
and small business customers in the province of
Alberta. Small businesses include examples such as a small clothing retail
outlet or a small car wash. Both
of these types of businesses, for example, would fall within the deferral
program. A typical
invoice for these small business customers might include:
- Electricity charges ranging from $200 per month to $2000 per month
- Natural Gas charges ranging from $50 per month to $1000 per month
- However, for larger scale businesses or commercial operations, such as a grocery store, they are considered mid-size and fall outside of the deferral program.
- We continue to collaborate with the Government and Regulator (AUC) on implications to customers and refining further details around these programs.
Quarantine Act for Returning Travelers
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he is invoking the Quarantine Act, mandating that all returning Canadian travelers must self-isolate for 14 days. Trudeau noted that a stiff penalty or even prison time is on the table for those who do not comply. “This kind of conduct is not just disappointing; it’s dangerous.”
COVID-19 Emergency Response Act
Prime Minister Trudeau confirmed that the federal government’s Emergency Act received royal assent and came into law yesterday evening. The $107 billion aid package, including the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, is in the process of being brought online and Canadians will receive help within 14 days of applying. Trudeau also warned Canadians about a recent text message scam regarding the Emergency Response Benefit, reminding Canadians to go to the government’s website for more information.
New support for small and medium size businesses
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new fiscal policy measures to support small and mid-size Canadian businesses this morning, asking them to keep employees on their payroll and consider rehiring employees who may have been laid off.
- Payroll subsidies announced last week, are increasing from 10 per cent of remuneration paid to 75 per cent, backdated to March 15.
- The government is launching the Canada Emergency Business Account, which will allow banks to provide loans of up to $40,000, secured by government, to qualified businesses. The loans will be interest-free for the first year and up to $10,000 will be forgivable for those that qualify.
- GST and HST payments and duties and taxes on imports are deferred until June, amounting to $30 billion in interest-free loans to support businesses.
- An additional $12.5 billion in support will go to Export Development Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada to help small and medium with operational cash flow requirements.
Bank of Canada lowers interest rate
The Bank of Canada has made a second unscheduled cut to its benchmark interest rate, lowering it to 0.25 per cent to lower short-term borrowing costs. Prior to today, Canada had the highest central bank rate in the developed world at 0.75 per cent.
Alberta’s New Enforcement Measure
Yesterday, Alberta became the latest province to introduce monetary penalties for those ignoring public health guidance on social distancing.
Under the new rules announced by Premier Jason Kenney fines are $1,000 per occurrence with courts having the ability to issue fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and $500,000 for subsequent offences. Community peace officers and police both have the ability to issue tickets under the new regulatory change.
Who can expect to get fined under the new rules?
- Anyone who travels abroad and does not self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms regardless of their travel (including cough, runny nose, and sore throat). $1000.00 fine.
- Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. In serious cases, fines will be $100,000.00 to $500,000.00 for subsequent offence.
- Anyone non-essential visiting a long-term care facility. Anyone violating the public health order against gatherings over 50 people.