Weekly Economic Update - Week of April 4, 2017

Alberta Regional Economic Development - Weekly Economic Update - April 3, 2017

April 10, 2017
May 17, 2018


The Weekly Economic Briefing ("WEB") includes the latest economic indicators, news highlights, and major project updates.

The WEB provides news from the government, grant opportunities and economic data to help make business decisions:


·         Funding will help rural communities diversify (click)

The Alberta government is helping communities in rural Alberta create jobs and diversify their local economies through the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.

·         Albertans get better deal with new trade agreement (click)

Alberta businesses, investors and workers will have easier and increased access to Canada-wide markets, including government tenders in other provinces and territories, under the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

·         North Central Alberta gets economic development support (click)

The Alberta government is helping communities in North Central Alberta create jobs and diversify their local economies through the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.



·         Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program (click)

Financial support is available for Alberta’s communities, regions and municipalities for initiatives that help promote long-term economic growth.

·         The second intake for the CARES program is now open. Applications will be accepted from April 1 to May 31, 2017. Learn more about how to apply (click)



The Community and Economic Development Web Portal (click) can help communities and businesses:

·         Access resources for entrepreneurship,  business and export development

·         Find grants and funding information

·         Get the latest economic data and industry information

·         Connect with industry associations and service providers

·         Access labour and workforce supports

·         Pursue information on jobs and careers

·         Access the latest economic development programs

Visit http://www.communityeconomicdevelopment.alberta.ca/ for more information



·         Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) (click)

As of January 16, this year's application intake for the AITC program is now open and will remain open until the annual budget has been fully allocated.  The 3-year AITC is applicable across sectors, offering a 30% tax credit to investors who provide capital to Alberta small businesses doing research, development or commercialization of new technology, new products or new processes. It is also applicable to businesses engaged in interactive digital media development, video post-production, digital animation or tourism.

·         Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC) (click)

The first application intake for the CITC program is now open. Applications for the first intake are being accepted from January 16, 2017 to midnight MST on February 15, 2017.

The CITC is a 2-year program that provides a non-refundable tax credit valued at 10% of a corporation’s eligible capital expenditures, up to $5 million. The CITC encourages companies to make timely capital investments by returning a percentage of the company’s costs, including the purchase of machinery, equipment and buildings.

·         Alberta Export Expansion Package  (click)

Includes up to $20,000 per year in funding support to help cover half the cost of flights, hotels, registration fees and translation of marketing materials to support your company in doing business in another country.

·         Export Readiness Micro-Voucher Program (click)

Pays up to $5,000 towards a market entry strategy.

·         Looking for Small Business resources? (click)

o   Need more information on funding, regulations and other resources?  See the Alberta Small Business website atwww.smallbusiness.alberta.ca

·         This Business Link – Training and Webinars

Every Monday the team at Business Link shares upcoming activities, training, and events targeted at entrepreneurs and small business owners. To subscribe to this information please sign up for the Business Link Connector at http://businesslink.ca/what-we-do/training-and-webinars

For detailed regional economic data click the following link:

Weekly Economic Briefing

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