COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of Alberta announced an investment of $170 million to help keep residents and staff in long-term care facilities, designated supportive living facilities, and seniors lodges safe from COVID-19. The funding is retroactive to March 15, 2020 and a total of $14.2 million is to be allocated per month.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of May 19, 2020.[313]

Financial support for homeless shelters

  • Homeless shelters and community organizations have received financial support to open 14 new shelter facilities to meet physical distancing requirements and are now focusing their efforts on re-housing to take people out of the shelter system. More than 400 people have been housed since the beginning of this crisis.
  • For more information see the Government of Alberta’s news release of April 27, 2020.[314]

Increased supports for Alberta caregivers

  • The Government of Alberta announced that $3 million will be provided to Caregivers Alberta to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of April 14, 2020.[315]

Food bank funding

  • The Government of Alberta announced on April 10, 2020, an investment of $5 million to support food banks and community organizations in their food supply efforts. This investment is in addition to the following funds that have been provided :
    • on April 3, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $100 million to improve access to food for vulnerable Albertans;
    • on April 2, Alberta Education announced nine not-for-profit organizations would receive $3 million to provide additional food assistance to vulnerable K-12 students and their families.
  • For more information, see the Government of Alberta’s news release of April 10, 2020.[316]

Emergency Isolation Support Program

  • Under the Emergency Isolation Support Program (EISP), announced on March 18, 2020, Albertans could receive a $1,146 payment for self-isolation. This is similar to the PATT COVID-19 program initiated by the government of Québec, discussed above.
  • However, on April 6, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that the Emergency Isolation Support program is closed[317]. The government states that over 79,596 eligible Albertans received a payment under the EISP since the launch of the program, for a total of approximately $91.7 million.

Protections for tenants

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