Alta. government announces COVID-19 support and measures

Domain: Care, Economy
Government:Provincial/Territorial, Alberta
Tags:Communities, Public Health, COVID-19

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

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

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

May 2020

  • Introduction of Bill 14, the Utility Payment Deferral Program Act. Read 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

No updates for June and July 2020.

August 2020

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

No updates for September 2020.

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