COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • Small, medium and large private sector employers can defer Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) premium payments until 2021. For small and medium-sized businesses (defined[301] as businesses with $10 million or less in insurable earnings for 2020), the government will cover 50% of the 2020 premium when it is due in 2021. Large employers will have their 2020 WCB premium payments deferred until 2021, at which time their premiums will be due. Employers who have already paid the WCB premiums in 2020 are eligible for a rebate or credit.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s “COVID-19 support for employers and employees” website.[302]

Funding for charities and nonprofits

  • On March 17, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced $30 million additional emergency funding to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations. Applications for this funding are now closed, and the government is assessing how to most effectively use the funds.

For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of March 17, 2020.[303]

Relief measures for individuals

Support for Municipalities

  • The Government of Alberta announced that municipalities will receive $1.1 billion to build core infrastructure that will keep Albertans working, support municipal & public transit operating costs, and create thousands of good paying jobs now.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of July 28, 2020.[304]

Support for Affordable and Accessible Child Care

  • The Government of Alberta announced that it will receive $45 million in a bilateral agreement with the federal government to assist in the delivery of affordable and accessible chid care for parents and caregivers as they return to work.

  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of July 24, 2020.[305]

Job creation measures

  • On April 9, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced a $2 billion investment in job creation in response to the COVID-19 recession. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of April 9, 2020.[306]
  • On May 5, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced a highway safety initiative focused on road, bridge, and pothole repair as part of this investment. These repairs are expected to create 600 jobs. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of May 5, 2020.[307]
  • On May 6, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced $2.5 million in spending to upgrade the Lac La Biche provincial building. This project will provide about 14 construction-related jobs for Albertans. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of May 6, 2020.[308]
  • On May 10, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced $426 million in capital maintenance and renewal funding to accelerate repairs and improvements that will support 3,200 jobs. The Government is also investing $60 million province-wide for pothole repairs and other critical safety-related activities, which will support another 360 jobs. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of May 10, 2020.[309]
  • On May 20, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced $250 million in infrastructure investments in schools. The work is expected to create about 3,750 jobs. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of May 20, 2020.[310]
  • On May 20, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that the twinning of Ray Gibbon Drive in St. Albert is underway, which will support more than 150 jobs for Albertans. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of May 20, 2020.[311]
  • On May 28, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that the expansion of the Misericordia Community Hospital emergency department in Edmonton continues to be on budget and schedule, with the start of demolition activities. Over the duration of this project, 445 well-paying jobs are expected to be created. For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of May 28, 2020.[312]

Support for vulnerable seniors

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