Important COVID-19

Community Futures is taking every precaution to safeguard the health and safety of our team members, clients and communities. At this time, we are not facilitating any in-person meetings, training and/or workshops until further notice.

We are available by phone or email (during regular business hours). Please see contact information at the bottom of this page.

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COVID-19 Support for Small Business

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) 

We wanted to share some additional details about the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), which was announced by the Government of Canada on March 27.

What is the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)?

To ensure that small businesses have access to the capital they need to see them through the current challenges, the Government of Canada has announced the launch of the new Canada Emergency Business Account, which will be implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC).

This $25 billion program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.  This will better position them to quickly return to providing services to their communities and creating employment. 

To learn more about CEBA, please refer to the Department of Finance Canada website.  To enrole online, please see the Royal Bank of Canada.


Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

We live and work right here in Fort McMurray just like you, and we are standing ready to provide financing and support to local businesses through these uncertain times. 

While developments are happening quickly, we are offering the following information to help you plan and respond to this rapidly changing situation. 

The Government of Canada established this program to further support financing in the private sector through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).

Businesses seeking support through BCAP should first contact their financial institutions for an assessment of their situation.
If you are an existing Community Futures client reach out to us and we'll help you assess your situation.
Existing BDC clients should reach out to their account manager for additional information.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.


Supporting Employers & Employees

Alberta Government Resources

Respiratory viruses and the workplace: OHS information for employers, supervisors and workers

Employment standards rules

Pandemic Business continuity planning (PDF, 319 KB)

WCB COVID-19 worker fact sheet (PDF, 57 KB)

WCB COVID-19 employer fact sheet (PDF, 70 KB)

POSTERS: Help Prevent the Spread


Federal Government Resources

Employment and Social Development Canada

Work-Sharing program

CFIB Small Business Resources

Helpline to all business owners including non-CFIB members for advice on managing COVID-19 situations in the workplace.
Call at 1-888-234-2232.

Keeping your employees safe - (Canadian Federation of Independent Business)


Business Preparedness

General Small Business Resources

Alberta Pandemic Preparedness checklist for business

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness website

Continuity Plan Toolkit for Entrepreneurs - Business Development of Canada (BDC)

Economic Development Resouces

Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders – Economic Developers Alberta


If you need assistance, reach out to us. We are here to help!  780-791-0330


Resources for Employers and Staff During COVID-19


Find ongoing general updates from the Government of Canada.

For general business information.

Work-share Program:  The Government of Canada offers the Work-Sharing Program, which is designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer.

For more info, check out the Work-Sharing program website or call the Employer Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693.

Employment Insurance Program:  The Government of Canada offers benefits for individuals who may qualify if they have lost their job.  

COVID EI claims can be made at:  1-833-381- 2725.


Current COVID updates.

Information for employers and employees:
Income Support Program

Income Support can help you and your family with basic living costs and other necessities. Depending on your needs and situation you may be eligible to receive assistance through Alberta’s Income Support program.  It is income/asset tested for your entire household and “ongoing” and/or “emergency benefit” streams.

Income support policy and contact information.  

Note: your local office may be assessing via telephone, not in person at this time.   

Information on employment rules for layoffs and terminations.


• Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

• Flexibility regarding filing Taxes.

• Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce is updating their websites regularly with very good information.


The Canadian Federation for Independent Business has an extensive database of information through their COVID-19 Small Business Help Centre. Access it by clicking here.


Stay healthy & hopeful.

Alberta Business Impact Survey

As part of Community Futures Wood Buffalo's response to the current climate, we want to ensure our clients and community partners have a voice through the The Economic Disaster Recovery Program.

The Business Impact Survey developed by the Ecomomic Disaster Recovery Program has been designed to gather data specific to the effect the COVID-19 pandemic is having on Alberta businesses.

Read more and take the survey here


Business Scale-up and Productivity - Funding Opportunity

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in key economic sectors and also supports the development of leading industry geographic clusters through its Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program.  BSP supports high-growth* businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services or technologies. It offers interest free repayable funding to incorporated businesses.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) to request funding support will be accepted during the following intake periods:

February 24 to March 23, 2020
September 15 to October 14, 2020
January 15 to February 16, 2021

For more information about the program check out the Government of Canada Website

Call for Candidates - Board of Directors


We’re Recruiting for our Board of Directors.  The CFWB Board is made up of local business people who bring extensive knowledge and experience of the area’s economy. Our Board members represent our region’s population and main economic sectors. If you are interested in becoming a board member or committee volunteer, click here and complete the form.  Please (contact us) for more information.

What if?

For over 25 years, we've been helping rural Albertans turn their business dreams into reality. If you're willing to ask "What if?", we may say "Why not?"

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Fort Chipewyan, 
Fort Fitzgerald, 
Fort MacKay, 
Fort McMurray, 
Mariana Lake, 
Saprae Creek, 
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