2020 COVID-19 Pandemic Response

In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a global health emergency. The virus, known as COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Then, on March 11, 2020, the WHO assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic. 

Just like our response to the 2013 Southern Alberta Flood, and the 2016 For McMurray Wildfires, in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,  EDA is taking the lead in providing ideas, tools and resources to accelerate business and economic recovery. 

Your Input Matters 

COVID-19 and Low Oil Prices Business Impact Survey

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) and Community Futures Alberta are collaborating in the COVID-19 and Low Oil Prices Business Impact Survey.

Read the full survey report here

EDA Business Impact Survey

Between March 20-24,2020, EDA hosted an online survey to gather information on the impact the pandemic is having on Alberta businesses. To view the results click here.

Other Resources

Here is a link to a page of Other Resources you will find useful. 

Beyond COVID Webinar Series: Business & Economic Recovery

Since March, we have been holding a series of FREE virtual seminars designed to connect us with community leaders from Alberta, across Canada and around the world. These weekly webinars provide information to help accelerate business and economic recovery. 

As of May 20, we have shifted our focus slightly. These "Beyond COVID" webinars will profile various topics and/or industries; in particular, where the opportunities are post-COVID. We are pleased to be hosting these with AUMA. We have taken a pause on these webinars but you can see recordings of past webinars by visiting the blog at the bottom of this page.   


Visit the blog below to find presentations and webinar recordings.

  • April 16, 2020 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    Travel Alberta has developed a weekly webinar series to help you navigate the issues resulting from COVID 19.

    Called, Connections LIVE, each webinar features an industry professional with insights to help you make informed business decisions.

    Click on this link to read about the webinars and register:


  • April 15, 2020 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    EDA COVID-19 Webinar Series #5- Webinar Recording- April 15 webinar - Supply Chain.

    Click on this link to view Webinar recording. 

  • April 15, 2020 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    EDA COVID-19 Webinar Series #5- Power Point Presentation - April  15 webinar- Supply Chain. 

    Click on this link to download presentation. 

  • April 14, 2020 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) has partnered with the  Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA), Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and Howatt HR, to present a free weekly mental health webinar series: Tactics for Maintaining Mental Fitness During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    These weekly discussions will feature key behaviours organizations and individuals can do to maintain mental fitness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ·       Date: Every Tuesday

    ·       Time: 10 a.m. MT / 12 p.m. ET

    Register now to access key micro-skills that you can adopt to support charging your mental health battery.

    Can’t make it? Access the webinar recordings at MaintainingMentalFitness.com.

  • April 14, 2020 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    COVID-19 and Low Oil Prices Business Impact Survey 

    Please Share With Your Business Community

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) and Community Futures Alberta are collaborating in the COVID-19 and Low Oil Prices Business Impact Survey.

    This survey is for Alberta businesses and also accounts for the potential impact of low oil prices and importance of agriculture to the provincial economy.  

    Please share this survey with your business community and encourage them to participate.

    Your feedback will be shared directly with government. 

    Take the Survey here: 


    Pulse surveys will be released every two weeks until physical distancing restrictions are removed, allowing business to provide feedback on any new relief measures government may announce.

    At the appropriate time, a follow-up survey will be launched to inform economic recovery strategies.

    Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), Community Futures (Alberta), and Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) are collaborating on this survey initiative in an effort to streamline data being gathered to inform government responses and relief measures.

  • April 13, 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Free Webinar

    COVID-19: Get financing and support for your business

    If you’re a Canadian company whose business has been disrupted or decreased by the COVID-19 pandemic, Export Development Canada’s (EDC’s) free webinar will provide guidelines on how you can access the financial relief and safeguards available to you right now.

    Brought to you in partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), this webinar is airing live on Thursday, Apr. 16, 2020 from1 to 2 p.m. ET. Register to attend or to receive a link to the on-demand version. You’ll learn:

    • The assistance programs and resources available to your company through your financial institution, the federal government, and EDC
    • How to determine what assistance you qualify for, how to apply, and the timing you can expect 
    • How EDC is helping our customers with capital, insurance and knowledge in our newly-expanded role
    • Where to get information and who to contact

    Get more information or register here

  • April 08, 2020 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Business and Economic Recovery COVID-19 - Retail

    Power point presentation 

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