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LATEST INFORMATION: UPDATED July 19, 2016 AT 12:30PM

Mini Job Fair July 20-22, 2016

Join us July 20-22 from 9am to 3pm at 9915 Franklin Ave (Provincial Building)

Connect with employers who are looking to hire immediately. Click on poster below to see the employers participating.

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If you are an employer looking to participate in a job fair please email vanessa.cheeseman@gov.ab.ca or call 780-838-6986

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 Welcomes Wood Buffalo Businesses Home

(Fort McMurray AB, June 21, 2016) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, thanks to the financial support of the Government of Alberta, is welcoming businesses back to the Wood Buffalo region with the new Back to Business Resource Centre.

The Back to Business Resource Centre will act as a one-stop shop for businesses to access government, business planning and office resources assisting with their return to operations.

“In the face of one of our country’s worst natural disasters, Fort McMurray businesses are showing incredible resilience and taking the lead in rebuilding their city. We want to be there with owners and workers through the challenges ahead and this one-stop-shop will make it easier for them to get tools and support from local organizations who understand their unique needs,” said Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.

“We want to thank the Government of Alberta for their generous support. These funds will allow us to make sure our local business owners can get back to a new business as usual,” said Melissa Blake, mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. “The purpose of this project is to provide businesses a one-stop-shop to make it easier to access resources, support and expertise during the recovery process and to return to operations as quickly as possible.”

The Back to Business Resource Centre, coordinated by Wood Buffalo Economic Development, is located on the first floor of the Municipal Building at 9816 Hardin Street, offering shared office space with access to: internet, phones, computers, printers and meeting rooms for business owners to use as well as business specialists that can provide advisory support and guidance to businesses. This project is in partnership with the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Wood Buffalo, Fort McMurray Construction Association, Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA), and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

“The Back to Business Resource Centre is a strong collaboration among the local business organizations; partnering allows us to provide the necessary support and resources that the business community needs during this challenging time” added Mayor Blake.

The Back to Business Resource Centre 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.

For more information about the back to Business Resource Centre, please visit choosewoodbuffalo.ca.


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.


Emergency Relief Available for Small Businesses Affected by Fires in the Wood Buffalo Region

(Fort McMurray, AB – June 10, 2016) – Small Businesses in the Wood Buffalo region impacted by the fires will now have the opportunity to apply for some initial emergency financial relief.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and Economic Developers Alberta (EDA), thanks to financial support from the Canadian Red Cross, will be providing $1000 to each small business that meets the eligibility criteria.

“Our businesses are resilient, but the wildfires have affected our community profoundly,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “We know that they need financial assistance as they begin working through the recovery process, and I encourage all small business owners in the municipality to apply for this support.”

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.

Small businesses are able to register on the Wood Buffalo Business Recovery Hotline at 1-855-RMWB BIZ (1-855-769-2249) from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5pm, Saturday 10:30am to 4pm, closed Sunday. 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.

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Media inquiries:

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
pio@rmwb.ca

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA)
Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA CEO
leann@edaalberta.ca
403-807-7746