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Newsletter – April 13, 2021

 

Dear member businesses,

 

Along with the other Calgary BRZ/BIA executive directors, I have been working hard during this ongoing economic downturn and since COVID to raise the profile of BRZs/BIAs and to impress upon Council and administration how critical the survival of BRZs/BIAs are to Calgary’s economy. I have written 2 Calgary Herald editorials, updated and circulated the Calgary BIAs information pamphlet, written several advocacy letters and thank you letters on behalf of all Calgary BIAs to the Mayor, Council and City administration, met weekly with the other EDs and several of us have served on the Business Sector Support Task Force for the past year advocating weekly for help for our member businesses. Our advocacy has been paying off.

 

For the past 5 years Council has used surplus money to cap non-residential property tax increases resulting from the economic downturn to try to help our members.

 

Yesterday I received good news about more help for our members. As a result of strong advocacy on the part of many BRZ/BIA supporters at the City the Mayor announced that the City is going to cover the cost of the BRZ/BIA levy for all our businesses for 2021. All BRZ/BIA members will receive a credit on their tax bills for the amount of your 2021 BRZ/BIA levy.

 

Please see the links below for more information.

 

Press Release for the 2021 BIA Relief Program:

https://newsroom.calgary.ca/the-city-of-calgary-announces-2021-business-improvement-area-relief-program/

 

More information and a Q&A on the Relief program can be found here:

calgary.ca/biatax 

 

Press Release on the Western Economic Diversification Canada funding:

https://newsroom.calgary.ca/city-receives-federal-funding-to-bolster-small-business-supports/ 

 

Thank you to the City of Calgary for this welcome help for our members.

 

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Annie MacInnis, Executive Director
Kensington Business Revitalization Zone
200 203 10A Street NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1W7
Cell: 403-969-3216
Email: kensingtonbrz@shaw.ca



Targeted relief for businesses impacted by COVID-19

The City of Calgary is taking immediate action to support businesses and keep our local economy afloat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. City Council has approved waiving business license-related fees for a period of two years to support 40,000 businesses in Calgary as they continue responding to the challenges arising from the pandemic.

On March 1, 2021, Council approved $30 million for directed relief to businesses impacted by COVID-19 and directed Administration to develop options for how best to deploy these funds. The estimated revenue received through these fees is $17.6 million for two years. This will include waiving the following fees:

  • Business licence (new: $172, renewal: $131);
  • Fire inspection (new: $64/$104/$202 depending on business type, renewal: $80);
  • Planning ($41);
  • and Calgary Police Service ($65)
Visit the City of Calgary website for more information.
Kensington Market Reschedule

The Kensington Market located in the PURR parking lot has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 24 from 11a.m. - 4 p.m. due to changes in COVID-19 regulations . There is an additional date set for Saturday, May 15.

Please follow The Downtown Markets for updates and proper AHS protocol.
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