During the April 27 Council Meeting, Council approved a 50% rebate on business license fees for 2020. The rebate proposal was presented by the Mayor’s Task Force on COVID-19 – Economic Stream.

The Mayor’s Task Force on COVID-19 was announced during the March 24 Council Meeting as a means to address issues and challenges faced by residents during the global health pandemic. The Task Force operates with two streams: Economic and Social. The Economic Stream was established to examine ways to support local businesses and entrepreneurs facing challenges brought on by COVID-19. The team includes Councillor Eric Meyer as Chair, three community members, representation from the Greater Parkland Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor William Choy and Town Manager Tom Goulden as Ex-Officio members.

“Both the Economic and Social streams of the Task Force were created to respond to COVID-19,” says Mayor Choy. “As a committee dedicating all efforts toward developing strategies for handling COVID-19, the Task Force has the opportunity to closely examine how the pandemic is impacting our community and what we can do to alleviate stress for residents.”

The business license rebate will not be automatic. Resident businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic slowdown will be able to apply for relief. At this time, the Town’s Financial Services expect cost implications of the rebate will come in at approximately $45,000. 

“We have a robust business network in Stony Plain and we want to do what we can to support our resident business owners who have given so much to the community,” says Councillor Eric Meyer. “Similar to other financial relief programs being implemented, we expect only resident businesses that are in need as a result of COVID-19 will apply for the program.”

More information on the application process will be available in the coming days; however, the application form is available now. For local COVID-19 updates, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for regular updates.