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Insurance. Recovery. Support. to provide face-to-face insurance guidance for residents and business owners through Back to Business Resource Centre

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(Fort McMurray, AB – March 7, 2017) – Representatives from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) are returning to the community to help residents and business owners better understand their insurance policies and to help them navigate the next steps in the process.

“We’re hearing from people that insurance seems to be one of the biggest aspects of recovery for individuals and business owners. We want to address that,” said Marty Giles, Chair of the Economy Sub-Committee of the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee (WBRC). “By bringing these experts back into our community on a regular basis people will have the chance to sit down, figure things out and know where they go from here.”

IBC representatives will be holding one-hour one-on-one sessions with policy holders bi-weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning March 15-16, March 29-30 and April 12-13. These appointments will coincide with the bi-weekly Here for You public information sessions being held at the McMurray Experience every second Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents can book an appointment by searching for Insurance. Recovery. Support. at Eventbrite.ca or by calling the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000.

Following the appointment, residents and business owners will have access to additional support at the Back to Business Resource Centre from representatives from the Recovery Task Force. The Canadian Red Cross has also committed to having case workers on-site for immediate referrals.

It is important to remember that IBC is not a regulator and cannot direct an insurance provider to action a request. IBC can, however, answer general insurance questions, offer guidance on next steps, educate consumers, advise of options and help people get in touch with their insurer or insurer ombudsperson.

To ask questions about this program call the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000 or send an email to recovery@rmwb.ca.

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Work Force Support Program Results 

Program Update – February 1, 2017

Applied: 1,555 businesses

Approved: 675 businesses

Funding range: $5,386 to $7,916 (all approved businesses received funding)

Total distribution amount: $4,540,000

Note: As of September 2016, the 675 approved businesses had a total of 3,676 employees.

Program Criteria:

  • Be a small business, defined as having 1 – 49 employees
  • Have an active ‘resident’ RMWB business license (exceptions for businesses located on First Nations’ lands)
  • Was operating within the RMWB on May 3, 2016
  • Filed a tax return within the last three years reporting business income with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Complete the survey questions in the application



  • The RMWB Small Business Workforce Support Program is now CLOSED.
  • If you have any questions about the program please contact the Program Administrator by email at smallbusinesssupport@marsh.com

Small businesses encouraged to check inboxes for Small Business Workforce Support Program notification emails

(Fort McMurray, AB – January 13, 2017) – Businesses that applied for the RMWB Small Business Workforce Support Program are encouraged to check their inboxes for email notifications regarding whether or not they have been approved for funding through the Program.

“I am pleased that small business employers will soon have this support in their hands,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “The small business community is critically important not only to job creation and workforce development, but to the prosperity of our region.”

Approved businesses should receive an email on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, outlining how they can view their individual funding amounts prior to receiving their cheques, which will be mailed out by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Businesses that have not met all of the requirements and therefore are not approved for funding will have until Tuesday, January 17, 2017 to contact SmallBusinessSupport@marsh.com if they believe there are any errors with their application.

The Small Business Workforce Support Program is designed to help small business employers by providing timely financial assistance to offset costs related to attracting, hiring and keeping employees. A total of 1,555 applications were received between October 19, 2016 and December 16, 2016.

The RMWB continues to provide ongoing support to businesses in our community through programs and services offered through the Economic Development Department. You can learn more about those programs and services at www.choosewoodbuffalo.ca.

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Red Cross Funding Still Available for Small Business Owners

Those business owners that did not meet the December 16th deadline to apply to small business relief funding will still have time to submit their application. The Canadian Red Cross has extended their deadline till January 31, 2017.

Business owners are encouraged to visit www.ymmsmallbizrecovery.ca for more information on program requirements and the application.


YMM Small Business Funding – Last Week to Apply!

The deadline to apply for the Small Business Recovery program is Friday, December 16, 2016. Business owners are being reminded to visit www.ymmsmallbizrecovery.ca to fill out the application. There are two programs to which small businesses can apply, one application to submit.

Assistance with your application can be found by visiting the Back to Business Resource Centre at 9816 Hardin Street, 1st floor. The centre is open monday to friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. If you have questions you are also encouraged to call the hotline at 1-855-RMWB-BIZ.

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Wood Buffalo Hiring Bulletin – October 12, 2016

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Summary of Red Cross Support to Small Businesses Program (as of September 9, 2016)

Up to $20,000 per eligible business

Eligible small business owners, sole proprietors, and trades people in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo could receive modest financial support of up to $20,000 in a phased approach. This could assist with things such as uninsured losses; deductibles; minor repairs; clean-up; equipment; and occupational training expenses.


Phase 1: Emergency Financial Support of $1,000 provided to registered and eligible business owners who registered through the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline by August 12, 2016.
Phase 1 ended as of August 12, 2016 and is no longer available to apply for.

Phase 2: Financial assistance up to $8,000 to eligible businesses.
The determination of the amount provided to eligible businesses will be based on need and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Further details regarding how businesses may be eligible to apply are in the process of being finalized and will be shared by early Fall. Please note, that small businesses that did not apply for Phase 1 will still be considered on a case-by-case basis for Phase 2 when launched.

Phase 3: Financial assistance up to $11,000
Businesses receiving financial assistance within Phase 2 could receive further financial assistance for occupational training and additional requirements, to be determined as outlined below.

Eligibility and allocation of funds
Eligibility and the amount of financial assistance provided will be determined on a case-by-case basis following careful assessment of each application and accompanying supporting documentation. The amount of money provided to each recipient within each phase will be a portion of the eligible costs incurred after May 3, 2016, up to the above mentioned maximums.

For current information: www.redcross.ca/AlbertaFiresBusiness.
Please check the website for updates. Eligibility criteria will be posted soon.

Learning Events and Programs at the Back to Business Resource Centre

If you are a business owner and looking to expand your knowledge base or acquire new skills to apply to your business. Check out our Back to Business Resource Centre page by clicking here and learn more about the events and programs we are offering to local business owners and entrepreneurs by clicking on our Events Calendar.

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 Expired RMWB Business Licenses

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.