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Calgary is setting up a task force to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic – Calgary

The City of Calgary has created a new support system for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Business Sector Support Task Force is headed by Sonya Sharp, the city’s head of business and local economy. Councilors Ward Sutherland, Peter Demong and Jyoti Gondek are also members of the group.


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Ward 1 Coun. Ward Sutherland said the task force was created to listen and help with the unique problems businesses across the city are facing.

“We have many of the different business units that have regular meetings that give us real-time information about what is going on in the market and what is the top concern of the companies,” said Sutherland.

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Sutherland said the information will then be shared with the provincial and federal governments to help create the necessary programs for businesses.

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The task force has also established a central information center for local business owners.

“What we are hearing right now is a lack of information. The companies really don’t understand what’s going on, ”said Sutherland.

“We created an information hub for businesses that links them to everything they need to know and frequently asked questions.

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“If you are a small or large business owner, you can get a lot of information from there.”


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Sutherland said the website is updated regularly to reflect the latest updates from local, provincial, and federal governments.

“It can be difficult to get all the details,” he said.

“That is the purpose of the website, to get as much detail as possible and get the information as quickly as possible so you don’t have to search everywhere.”

Sutherland said the COVID-19 pandemic created an uncertain time for many businesses in the city. He hopes this new initiative will help connect these companies with everything they need to be successful in the future.

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