Economic Support and Recovery

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  1. Scott Kovatch
    Economic Development Contact Form

    2nd Floor
    131 Civic Centre Road
    Hinton, AB  T7V 2E5

    Ph: 780-865-6075


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Town of Hinton, Hinton & District Chamber of Commerce, and Community Futures West Yellowhead are committed to supporting local business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are a number of new and existing resources that are available to local businesses that will provide support at this time. Hinton and our partners have compiled information to provide easy access to our community, and the information is accessible on the Town of Hinton’s website.  

Business Impact Survey

Economic Developers Alberta is conducting an online survey for the Alberta business community in order to gather consistent, high level data on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The information gathered will be shared to show overall trends on immediate needs and the resources required.

All Hinton and region businesses and entrepreneurs are encouraged to participate in this survey.  click here

Government of Canada Resources

For the latest updates visit

On March 20, 2020, the Federal Government announced plans to support businesses who rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products including critical health and safety supplies and equipment, such as personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology. In Alberta and Ontario, some distillers have already switched to producing hand sanitizer.

Details of the announcement are available at:

The Federal Government has now launched a “Calling on Suppliers” submission webpage: click here

There is further information available here, including the extension of other procurement opportunities here: click here 

Information for Businesses

Workshare 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. click here

Employment Insurance Program

The Government of Canada offers benefits for individuals who may qualify if they have lost their job. click here

For Employers: click here

COVID-19 Employment Insurance claims can be made at: 1-833-381- 2725.  

When you call this number this is the info re. ROES: when issuing ROE, use code D when reason = illness/quarantine, use code A when reason = shutdown due to shortage of work, use code E or N – not sick

Additional links

The Conference Board of Canada - COVID-19 Impacts.  more information here

Government of Alberta 

For the latest information visit

Information for Employers:  click here

Employment Standards, information on employment rules for layoffs and terminations: more info here

Information for Albertans: click here

Supports for Albertans: click here

Income support policy and contact info:  click here

Additional links

Flexibility regarding filing taxes: information here

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Corporation Information for businesses: information here

Hinton Supports

Community Futures West Yellowhead

Hinton & District Chamber of Commerce

Links to business support programs and associations

Federal Government Support for Canadians and Businesses click here

Business Development Canada – Support for Entrepreneurs click here

Export Development Canada – Support for Exporters click here

Western Economic Diversification (WD) – Support for Businesses click here

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness Guide to help create a Business Continuity Plan click here

Canadian Federation of Independent Business – Small Business Guide- Keeping You and Your Employees Safe click here

Economic Developers Alberta supports click here

Tips for Alberta Business and Community Leaders to Address the Social and Economic Fallout from the Coronavirus more info here

NEW INFO: COVID-19 Webinar - CPHR Alberta has launched a free webinar series for HR professionals facing the many challenges presented as the coronavirus pandemic evolves. As the situation changes and escalates, HR professionals are making difficult decisions affecting our employees and organizations. From March 31 – April 23 they will host two webinars per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm - 1 pm MST. Click HERE for webinar topics and to access registration.

NEW INFO: COVID-19 Webinar – Navigating COVID-19 in Canada – What Employers Need to Know – March 27th. Click HERE for full details and to register.

BDC Webinar: How to Cope with the Impacts of COVID-19 on your business. It was very popular and they have therefore uploaded it to YouTube. Keep in mind it was done on March 23rd with the current information at the time click here