Supports for Wood Buffalo businesses

The wildfire that rampaged parts of Fort McMurray and led to the evacuation of 90,000 residents has affected every individual, family, organization, and business in the community. The stress is mounting, the costs and expenses are still coming, and people left or lost almost everything that couldn’t be carried in hand. This includes the businesses that were based in and operated in Wood Buffalo.

People Support

First priority in these situations is the people, and there are numerous organizations working tirelessly to provide services and support to displaced residents, wherever they are.

Government of Alberta Emergency Updates (Tel: 310-4455 or 1.844.406.3276) –  information and contact details for government and non-profit agencies and services that are available to evacuees

City of Edmonton (Tel: 311 or 780.442.5311) – information and resources for both evacuees and local residents looking to offer assistance

Service Canada (Tel: 1.800.206.7218) – information on Employment Insurance for both employees and employers

Alberta Health Services (Tel: 811 or 1.866.408.5465) – non-emergency information on health services, supports, and options for displaced residents

Avenue Edmonton and the Edmonton Journal are collecting information on local businesses and organizations offering support to displaced residents from Wood Buffalo

Insurance Bureau of Canada (Tel: 1.844.227.5422) – information on insurance and what you need to do to activate your claim and get expenses covered

Business Support

The Business Link (Tel: 1.800.272.9675) – offering free office space in Downtown Edmonton, and advice to business owners on resuming their operations and positive cash flow

Regus Canada (Tel: 1.844.241.5515) – opening their network of business lounges and work spaces across Western Canada to business people from Wood Buffalo who have been displaced and need a place to work or connect to Wi-Fi.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) (Tel: 1.888.234.2232) – offering support and information to all businesses affected by the fires in Wood Buffalo

Insurance Bureau of Canada (Tel: 1.844.227.5422) – information on insurance and what you need to do to activate your claim and get expenses covered

Service Canada (Tel: 1.800.206.7218) – information on Employment Insurance for both employees and employers

Planning Ahead

If you haven’t been directly affected by fire or other disaster, then this is the time to plan ahead and prepare your business and your team should disaster strike your community, your business, or a part of your business.

After the Calgary flood only a few years ago, GO Productivity’s Chief Executive Officer, Lori Schmidt, pulled together information on preparing your business for an emergency and recovering after the immediate danger has subsided. It’s a quick and worthwhile read that can help any business, including those that face the daunting task of starting anew.

Help is always there

Whatever situation you face right now, just know that help and support is out there. All you need to do is reach out and talk to someone.

Building your business was a challenge, but you were strong, you persevered, and you found success. Rebuilding is no different. You and your team can do this!

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