COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Site Rehabilitation Program will provide grants to oil field service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas closure and reclamation work. The program has up to $1 billion in funding available from the federal government for eligible reclamation projects.
  • Applications open on May 1, 2020.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s Site Rehabilitation Program[294]

Extensions for indigenous communities

  • The Alberta government is extending consultation deadlines on natural resource development projects by up to 10 days for Level 1 and 2 consultations, and 15 days for Level 3 consultations.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of April 20, 2020.[295]

Relief for continuing care facilities

  • The Government of Alberta announced funding to increase staffing of health-care aides in continuing care facilities, including:
    • increased health-care aide staffing levels;
    • a wage top-up of an additional $2 per hour for health-care aides; and
    • up to 1,000 paid student practicum positions to fast-track certification.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of April 20, 2020.[296]

Relief for forest companies affected by COVID-19

  • The Government of Alberta announced on April 4, 2020, a deferral of six months for timber dues to help forest companies continue operating and retain staff during this pandemic.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of April 4, 2020.[297]

Establishing an Economic Recovery Council

  • The Premier of Alberta has appointed an Economic Recovery Council to provide insight and expert advice on protecting jobs during the economic crisis, as well as strategies for long term recovery from the crisis.
  • For more detailed information and a list of Council members, please see the Government of Alberta’s press release of March 20, 2020.[298]

Relief for the energy sector

  • On March 20, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced the following initiatives to provide economic relief to Alberta’s energy industry:
    • $113 million in industry relief to fund the Alberta Energy Regulator; and
    • a $100 million loan extended to the Orphan Well Association to create up to 500 direct and indirect jobs through reclamation efforts, decommissioning about 1,000 wells, and starting more than 1,000 environmental assessments.
  • For more detailed information, please see the Government of Alberta’s press release of March 20, 2020.[299]

Corporate income tax changes

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