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The City of Calgary is committed to helping companies change the way they do business in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Calgary

As COVID-19 continues to transform the way businesses work in Calgary, the city is committed to helping create new opportunities for workers in the community.

According to official sources, the city is available to help residents start these new ventures amid the pandemic.

“The city is here to help every local business make changes to the way they work,” said Adam Ghani, chief inspector of electrical engineering for Calgary Building Services, in a press release on Wednesday.


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“We have already partnered with the Calgary Fire Department to help a local brewery upgrade their business and facility to safely make hand sanitizer.”

The city’s customer solutions and business registration manager Cliff De Jong said the city has seen a surge in business applications since the pandemic began.

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“We have already seen a 20 percent increase in home business applications,” said De Jong.

“We continue to call on the site to apply for building permits and carry out inspections.”

The city noted that safety officers and construction inspectors are on hand and ready to help business owners safely prepare their organizations for change during these uncertain times.

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Ulrik Seward, the city’s chief construction officer, noted that city officials can help quickly determine the steps needed to help companies change focus or start new operations.

Seward added an example of this is the Leftovers Foundation, which receives surplus food from restaurant suppliers and distributes it to those in need. Seward said the foundation recently reached out to the city for assistance with their new warehouse lease and concerns about HVAC requirements.

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“Ultimately, we were able to work with our community planning team to confirm that no planning permission was required,” said Seward.


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“It’s important that local Calgary businesses know we’re here to help.”

The city noted that any local businesses wishing to make changes or start new operations during the pandemic should contact the planning service center or visit the city’s live chat website.

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