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Wood Buffalo Economic Development Seeking Local Vendors for YMM Home Show

(Fort McMurray, AB – July 14, 2016) – Wood Buffalo Economic Development is pleased to announce the YMM Home Show, being held at MacDonald Island Park on Saturday, August 20, 2016 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. MT. The YMM Home Show is a direct response to the wildfires that affected the region and impacted approximately 2,000 structures and nearly 3,900 businesses.

The YMM Home Show will offer local businesses the opportunity to showcase their services and products to residents when it comes to rebuilding, renovating, decorating and landscaping their home. Local vendors including builders, construction and trades, building and finishing materials, and home focused businesses are invited to set up a booth free of charge to connect with the homeowners as they look to rebuild or renovate post wildfire.

“The expo will assist local businesses in obtaining work related to the rebuild, provide a link to regional buyers and suppliers, and increase awareness of the vast number of products and services available in the region,” said Maria Noorani, Senior Economic Development Officer. “As space is limited, we encourage vendors to visit our website to sign up.”

Wood Buffalo Economic Development is asking interested businesses to register for the YMM Home Show by August 15. You can register online at choosewoodbuffalo.ca or in person by visiting the Back to Business Resource Centre, located at 9816 Hardin Street.

The YMM Home Show has been made possible thanks to financial support from the Government of Alberta. Wood Buffalo Economic Development is hosting the show in partnership with

  • Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA)
  • Fort McMurray Construction Association (FMCA)
  • Fort McMurray Tourism
  • Urban Development Institute
  • Community Futures Wood Buffalo
  • Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce

Deadline to apply for Small Business Emergency Relief Funding set for July 30

(Fort McMurray, AB – July 11, 2016) – Small businesses in the Wood Buffalo region impacted by the devastating fire that swept through the region in May will have until July 30 to apply for initial emergency financial relief of $1000.

Announced on June 10, 2016, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) – thanks to financial support from the Canadian Red Cross – have been providing $1,000 to each small business that meets the eligibility criteria.

“In just one month, approximately 1,900 small businesses have registered through the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline,” said Amanda Haitas, Manager, Economic Development. “Our goal is to reach all small businesses in the region affected by the wildfire to ensure they are receiving the help they need.”

Financial relief for small business was identified as a key priority in the Business and Economic Recovery Plan, approved by Council on May 25, 2016. To receive the emergency relief funds, small businesses must phone the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline to register their business. Once registered, small businesses that meet the eligibility criteria will receive instructions on how to receive the $1000 of emergency relief.

“Economic Developers Alberta is pleased to support its members at the RMWB with the Hotline and Emergency Relief Program,” said Leann Hackman Carty, EDA CEO.  “Economic developers play a critical leadership role in a community’s business and economic recovery process and I am pleased to see how this Economic Development Department has put together an efficient recovery plan that will ensure the business community in this region gets back on its feet as quickly as possible.”

Small businesses are able to register by phoning the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline at 1-855-RMWB BIZ (1-855-769-2249) from Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. To receive funding, businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Register their business at the RMWB Business Recovery Hotline (1-855-RMWB-BIZ).
  • Have an active RMWB business license.
  • Be located/headquartered in a RMWB community.
  • Be a small business – defined as having 50 employees or less.

For further resources and information, visit choosewoodbuffalo.ca


Welcome Walks

Our team has been hitting the streets to welcome business back to Wood Buffalo. You will spot us around town come up and say hello! You won’t miss us in our bright pink shirts! Follow us on social media to see where we are #welcomewalks

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Back to Business Resource Centre – NOW OPEN!

The Municipality has launched the Back to Business Resource Centre to help ensure local business owners can get back to business as usual. The Centre is a one-stop shop for business owners to access government, business planning and office resources to assist with their quick return to operations.

The Business Centre offers everything from basic office supplies to meeting and boardrooms, as well as access to internet, phones, computers, and printers. Business owners will also be able to access key resources such as business advisory support, insurance advice and connections to business specialists to help them get back up and running.

The Back to Business Resource Centre is located on the first floor of the Hardin Street Building at 9816 Hardin Street. It is part of the Business and Economic Recovery Plan in place to accelerate business and economic recovery in the Wood Buffalo region, enable small and medium enterprises to remain in the region, assist in overall business continuity and continue the diversification of the economy.

The Centre is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays Closed Sundays.

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Expired RMWB Business Licenses

Please be advised the RMWB is aware many business licenses have expired since the mandatory evacuation. This will not restrict you from accessing the emergency relief funds available to your business. 

The new RMWB Business License system is up and running for both licenses and permits, please be advised license processing takes from 5 to 7 business days.  If you have specific questions please send an email to business.licensing@rmwb.ca

Click here to apply for Business Licenses and/or permits online.  The E-Permitting system is most compatible with Internet Explorer or Firefox (do not use Google Chrome).

Please visit our FAQ section for additional information and answer to questions regarding the Emergency Relief Funding for Small Businesses.