At present, Metropolis Council permitted one other $15.9 million in a rising record of municipal helps for Calgary’s enterprise neighborhood. The package deal supplies focused monetary assist to enterprise homeowners as they give the impression of being to re-open, in sectors impacted most by the pandemic.
The Metropolis is supporting eating places, pubs, bars, health centres, and leisure institutions, together with nightclubs and stay music venues, of their reopening efforts by a grant, in addition to resort and motel property homeowners by a 2021 tax deferral program.
“When the Authorities of Alberta introduced their Open for Summer season plan on Could 26, we knew that sure enterprise sectors specifically would wish fast assist to have the ability to re-open and start to thrive once more,” says Metropolis Supervisor David Duckworth. “We had been contemplating different choices for focused reduction, however as we’ve achieved many instances since COVID-19 started, Metropolis employees from throughout departments got here collectively shortly to place ahead to Council what would most assist enterprise homeowners with the allotted funding.”
Property taxes for inns and motels can be deferred with out penalties till Dec. 31, 2022. Calgary inns have skilled the bottom occupancy charges of inns in any main market in Canada within the first a part of 2021.
“On behalf of Calgary’s inns, particularly the just about 50% which might be family-owned companies in in our nice metropolis, we admire the efforts of Metropolis Council and Metropolis administration to permit resort and motel property homeowners who’ve been unable to pay their 2021 property taxes to be thought of for a deferral of 2021 property taxes by this new program, with out penalties, to December 31, 2022,” says Sol Zia, Govt Director of the Calgary Resort Affiliation. “For the reason that onset of the pandemic, our native inns have been functionally closed to most of their standard enterprise and the misplaced income is sort of $270 million. Tourism has been the toughest hit business on this time of public well being emergency and our close to empty inns stand because the monument to the lack of journey and tourism. This program is a direct results of the formation and motion of The Metropolis’s Enterprise Sector Activity Drive and with out it, and their vigorous assist of companies, throughout Calgary many extra doorways would, or might, be closed.”
The enterprise neighborhood, by Administration’s Enterprise Sector Activity Drive, offered enter on these choices for reduction, and continues to assist alternatives for companies to thrive.
“We consulted members of the Enterprise Sector Activity Drive, who emphasised that monetary helps are essentially the most impactful for enterprise homeowners,” says Sonya Sharp, Chief, Enterprise and Native Economic system. “It’s so essential that we take heed to our enterprise neighborhood and discover options that they agree are significant. With out their enter, this is able to not have come to fruition.”
Metropolis of Calgary Reopening Grant
To be eligible for the grant, the applicant have to be a enterprise proprietor with a licensed enterprise positioned throughout the Metropolis of Calgary limits, and should observe the factors and utility course of. This can verify that grant assets are used effectively and successfully to assist companies which have been considerably impacted by the pandemic, particularly, eating places, pubs, bars, leisure institutions (together with nightclubs and stay music venues) and health centres.
The Metropolis will begin accepting purposes for the grant program on July 2, 2021 and it’ll stay open till August 10, 2021 or till funds are exhausted (whichever is sooner). Grant funds can be distributed on a primary come, first served foundation. Enterprise homeowners with a number of Calgary everlasting bodily institutions are eligible to use for funding for every institution. This consists of situations the place a enterprise proprietor has a couple of location or chapter or department, to a most of three.
This system can be obtainable on calgary.ca/enterprise.
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