Alta. government announces COVID-19 support and measures

The Alberta government announces measures to support individuals, families, communities and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


May 2021

  • Up to $45 million in new funding for targeted supports for students who require extra help with literacy and numeracy after two school years of pandemic-impacted learning. Read more

April 2021

  • Payment of up to $10,000 from the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant for small businesses. Read more
  • Relaxed restrictions on continuing care visits, including increase to the number of designated family/support persons for each resident. Read more  

March 2021

  • New program for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students will help measure how classroom disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting student learning. Read more

February 2021

  • Parents who use child care will receive $561 per child with the new Working Parents Benefit, a one-time payment to help parents with the cost of child care. Read more
  • Critical Worker Benefit, a joint federal-provincial program, will see $465 million go to approximately 380,000 Alberta workers. Read more
  • $68.5 million to protect vulnerable Albertans and staff in continuing care and residential addiction and mental health treatment facilities, as well as home care clients, from COVID-19. Read more

January 2021

  • Expansion to the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to allow new businesses to apply. Read more

December 2020

No updates.

November 2020

No updates.

October 2020

No updates.

September 2020

No updates.

August 2020 

  • $100,000 in one-time funding for each of Alberta’s five First Nations colleges. Read more 

July 2020 

No updates.

June 2020 

No updates.

May 2020 

  • Introduction of Bill 14, the Utility Payment Deferral Program ActRead more
  • Up to $17.8 million in grants to be provided to child care centres and approved family day home agencies. Read more
  • Employee training supports for agri-businesses. Read more
  • Launch of new online hub to coordinate community services for older Albertans and seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Read more
  • Increased funding to the Community Initiatives Program Operating grant to help front-line non-profits continue caring for vulnerable Albertans. Read more
  • $30 million to be provided to emergency social services and $5 million for food banks across the province. Read more
  • $26 million to support maintenance and renewal projects for seniors housing facilities. Read more
  • More than $170 million to support residents and staff in long-term care, designated supportive living facilities and seniors lodges. Read more
  • $21.6 million investment to expand online resources and virtual supports for mental health. Read more

April 2020

  • More than $53 million for increased mental health and addiction recovery support. Read more
  • $5 million to support food banks and community organizations in their food supply efforts. Read more
  • Free advice, coaching and information available for small businesses. Read more
  • Targeted supports for youth and families. Read more
  • Temporary rules introduced to provide job protection for workers and flexibility for employers. Read more
  • $3 million to provide additional food assistance for vulnerable K-12 students and families. Read more
  • Expanded eligibility for select licensed child care centres to provide child care for all essential service workers. Read more
  • Call to action for COVID-19 volunteers, launch of new tool to connect Albertans with volunteer opportunities. Read more
  • Response plan protects workers, food supply. Read more
  • Rent relief for Alberta’s small businesses, with 50% of monthly commercial rental costs covered. Read more

March 2020

  • Immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families, vulnerable populations, local businesses and employers. Read more 
  • New app to facilitate access to health care. Read more
  • Child care for core service workers. Read more
  • Education property tax freeze and additional financial support for Albertans and employers. Read more
  • $50 million in financial support for self-isolating Albertans with no other source of income. Read more
  • Increased security for Alberta renters. Read more
  • Co-ordinated efforts to ensure all Indigenous people in Alberta have access to supplies and quality care. Read more
  • K-12 education funding temporarily adjusted to match cost of at-home learning. Read more

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