February 2021 MLA Report – Calgary Elbow – Doug Schweitzer

Calgary Elbow Doug Schweitzer

Alberta Isn’t Alberta Without Small Businesses

Over the last year, Albertans have been faced with an unprecedented number of challenges. Whether it’s been the financial impacts of businesses having to close their doors, or the emotional toll of distancing from loved ones, these challenges have been felt by all of us.

The impact of health restrictions has been significant. It is not lost on us that behind each of these restrictions is a local business that is an integral part of the fabric of our community. They support our youth leagues, donate to local charities, and employ hundreds of thousands of Albertans.

Alberta isn’t Alberta without small businesses.

Recent surveys indicate that 40 percent of small businesses might not survive without further supports. That is why Alberta’s government has announced $500 million in financial support for small businesses by increasing the amount of support available to $20,000 per business through our Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant.

Small businesses are the backbone of our province’s economy. We know this, and we are here to give them the support they need to fight through this pandemic and see it through to the other side.

Alberta’s entrepreneurial spirit is proudly showcased through our small business owners. They are innovators that turn ideas into reality. They employ our neighbours, friends, and family, and they give back to their communities in so many ways. Alberta will need these businesses as we emerge from this pandemic, and that is why, when faced with making unprecedented decisions, we must offer unprecedented levels of support.

Shop local when possible and we’ll get through this together. Albertans have never been ones to back down from a challenge, and we’re not going to start now.

MLA – Calgary Elbow Doug Schweitzer proudly serves the following Communities: Altadore, Bel-Aire , Britannia, Elbow Park, Elboya, Erlton, Garrison Green, Garrison Woods, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park, Lower Mount Royal, Marda Loop, Mayfair, Meadowlark Park, Mount Royal, North Glenmore Park, Parkhill, Rideau Park, River Park, Roxboro, South Calgary, Upper Mount Royal, Windsor Park