Way to crush the curve!
A shout-out to the local businesses and community members who continue to do their utmost to keep their fellow Wetaskiwinites safe during COVID-19.
The numbers don't lie. Thanks to our collective efforts we're not just bending the curve; we're crushing it! The City has repealed the Face Coverings Bylaw following the June 28 Wetaskiwin City Council meeting—meaning that masks will no longer be required in local indoor public spaces as of July 1, 2021.
Again, thank you for doing your part, sticking to the game plan and supporting one another during the pandemic. You have made an enormous difference in its outcome.
Other Important COVID-19 News
The Big Picture: Regional and Provincial COVID-19 Stats
Important City-specific COVID-19 Developments
Some of the most asked questions we're receiving from you.
Q: What does SOLE mean?
A: SOLE stands for State of Local Emergency. Declaring a SOLE allows the City of Wetaskiwin to enforce additional measures in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These measures include ensuring businesses follow public safety protocols, and that gathering restrictions identified in public health orders are followed. A gathering is any situation that brings people together in the same space at the same time for the same purpose.
Q: Why does the City have control over these closures?
A: Declaring a SOLE allows the City of Wetaskiwin to enforce additional measures in order to significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the community. Regarding the mass gathering and business closure measures, however, those decisions were made by the Government of Alberta, and apply to all communities in the province.
Q: Why was this decision made?
A: Many municipal decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult to make, and place additional burdens and restrictions on the community. However, we need to make the health and safety of the community our top priority. The faster we can limit contact between people, the faster we can limit the spread of COVID-19.
Q: How are you communicating with the businesses?
A: The page you're viewing is part of the City's standalone website dedicated to keeping the business community (and the public at large) informed about the COVID-19 pandemic. Local businesses are advised to bookmark this website (wetaskiwin.ca/COVID-19) and refer back to it for the latest locally relevant COVID-19 news, resources and supports.
Q: How will this be enforced?
A: Businesses, individuals and community groups in violation of the mass gathering restrictions and business closure directive may be subject to fines. Law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce the province’s new public health orders and issue fines. You can submit a complaint to AHS public health inspectors if you are concerned an establishment is not following public health orders. Click Here for more information.
Q: What are you doing to support businesses through this time?
A: We will do all we can to support our local economy through this uncharted territory. The starting point for this help can be found here on the City's COVID-19 portal. This is where local businesses can find news, resources and supports specific to area business owners. In addition, the City’s Economic Development team is reaching out to businesses directly with information on what they can do to weather the storm.
Q: When will these restrictions be lifted?
A: Information about the COVID-19 pandemic changes rapidly and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The City will post any locally relevant updates on wetaskiwin.ca/COVID-19 as they become available for distribution. For up-to-date and accurate information on the Government of Alberta’s response to COVID-19 please visit COVID-19 coronavirus info for Albertans.
Q: How can we survive without a paycheque?
A: There are financial resources available to anyone who finds themselves suddenly without a paycheque during the COVID-19 pandemic—available through both the province of Alberta and the Canadian government. Visit alberta.ca/COVID-19 for details. Locally, the City has taken action to help minimize the financial impact its community members face in light of the pandemic, including cancelling late payment charges for unpaid utility bills, etc. You can find out more at wetaskiwin.ca/COVID-19.
COVID-19: Stay Current on Most Recent Developments
Stronger public health measures
Mandatory, province-wide restrictions are in effect to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19. Protecting Alberta’s healthcare capacity ensures that Albertans get the care they need when they need it.
See active case rates in your region
See current public health measures in effect
Learn about the health system capacity in COVID-19
Outbreak update from the Government of Canada
Global situation dashboard from the World Health Organization
All Albertans 12 and older are now eligible to get vaccinated. Alberta's vaccination program was completed in stages to ensure people most at risk got vaccinated first. Everyone who wants a vaccine, will get a vaccine.
Book your shot at a participating pharmacy
Book your shot through the AHS online booking tool
Call Health Link at 811
Follow up: get your second dose
Access your immunization records through MyHealth Records
Every Albertan who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated
Vaccines make our immune systems stronger by building antibodies to help prevent and fight off diseases. Because COVID-19 is a new virus, no one has natural immunity. It is much safer and more effective to get immunized than it is to get infected.
Albertans born in 2009 or before and those who have recovered from COVID-19 should get vaccinated. Consult your doctor first if you have questions about the vaccine or your health conditions. Children under 12 (born 2010 or after) do not get vaccinated nor do those with severe allergy to vaccine ingredients.
Thanks to worldwide collaboration, COVID-19 vaccines were developed quickly without compromising safety. Every approved vaccine has met Health Canada's strict standards for safety, quality and effectiveness. All vaccines are safe, effective and save lives.
Need a ride?
Isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges can call 211 to get help finding a ride to and from their vaccination appointment.
Need time off work?
All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.
COVID-19 resources are available in عربي, 中文, हिंदी, 한국어, فارسی, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Af-Soomaali, Español, Français, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt and اردو.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person, and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. Evidence indicates that the virus can be transmitted to others from someone who is infected but not showing symptoms. This includes people who have not yet developed symptoms (pre-symptomatic) or never develop symptoms (asymptomatic).
Some of the more commonly reported symptoms (core symptoms) include:
- Fever (temperature equal to or over 38°C)
- Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
- Runny nose or sore throat (core symptoms for adults)
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
If you have any of these core symptoms, you need to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they are gone, whichever is longer, or until you test negative.
Other symptoms (Adults over 18)
If you have any of these other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve. Testing is recommended.
- Stuffy nose
- Painful swallowing
- Muscle or joint aches
- Feeling unwell or fatigue
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite
- Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye
Other symptoms (Children under 18)
If they have one of these other symptoms, have them stay home for 24 hours and get tested if their symptoms don't improve. If they have two or more of these other symptoms, have them get tested and stay home until the symptoms are gone or until they test negative.
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Painful swallowing
- Muscle or joint aches
- Feeling unwell or fatigue
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite
- Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye
Monitor your symptoms
Monitor your health and call Health Link 811, or your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns. Call 911 immediately if you are experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness.
Book a test
You should stay home and get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptom or known exposure to COVID-19. Book a testing appointment online with the AHS assessment tool or call Health Link 811. Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness.
Variants are viruses that have changed or mutated while reproducing inside an infected person’s cells. Variants can spread to others and may continue mutating as they move from person to person. It is normal for viruses to mutate over time.
Variants of concern can spread more easily. They can also cause more serious illness that could result in more hospitalizations and deaths as they become common in the community.
COVID-19 variants of concern were first identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil and India. These strains have since been detected in Alberta and in countries around the world.
Alberta is monitoring for variants spreading in our province. Confirmed cases are updated daily.
B.1.1.7 Variant (United Kingdom)
First identified in the United Kingdom, this is now the most common variant of concern in Alberta. Research to date has shown this variant spreads more easily and can cause more severe illness in comparison to the original COVID-19 strain.
B.1.351 Variant (South Africa)
First identified in South Africa, research has shown this variant spreads more easily than the original COVID-19 strain and may be capable of re-infecting people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
P.1 Variant (Brazil)
First identified in Brazil, research has shown this variant spreads more easily than the original COVID-19 strain and is capable of re-infecting people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
B.1.617 Variant (India)
First identified in India, research has shown this variant spreads more easily than the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant and may be capable of re-infecting people who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.
In Stage 3, isolating and quarantining help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people you could infect if you're sick. Both require staying home and avoiding situations where the virus could spread. Albertans are legally required to:
- Isolate for 10 days if you tested positive or have any core symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition
- Quarantine for 14 days if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, and you are not fully vaccinated (duration of quarantine may be reduced based on vaccination status)
- Federal border measures and quarantine laws apply for all international travellers entering Canada
Get help to isolate or quarantine
Financial support is available if you're unable to work because you are sick, required to isolate, or are caring for someone in isolation. See all programs.
Free hotel rooms are available for people who must isolate or quarantine but cannot do so safely in their own homes. Staying in a hotel room allows you to safely self-isolate or quarantine without exposing other household members to COVID-19.
Alberta Health Services will review requests on a case-by-case basis to determine if additional supports are required to support isolation. Adults who complete hotel isolation may be eligible for $625 upon completion of their stay. Call 211 if you need to access isolation hotels.
Translated resources are available in Af-Soomaali, Arabic, 中文, हिंदी, 한국어, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Español, Français, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt and Urdu. Or call Health Link 811 for help.
There are a number of reported scams related to COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines frauds and scams
Do not buy COVID-19 vaccines online or from unauthorized sources. The only way to access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is through clinics organized or endorsed by your local public health authority in collaboration with Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Learn about vaccines that are approved for use in Canada
CERB and CESB payment scams
We will not reach out by text or email to ask you to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), and we will not notify you by text or email that you have received a payment. The CERB and CESB are now closed to applications. You can no longer apply for these benefits.
CERB and CESB repayment scams
When a scammer contacts you:
If someone says they are from the Government
Many frauds and scams attempt to mimic real federal government services to gain access to your personal and financial information.
If someone says they are from a financial institution
The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) is warning Canadians to be very cautious when receiving emails or text messages that appear to be from a financial institution asking for personal or financial information.
Reporting a fraud or scam
If you or a family member have been contacted by a scammer, report it to us — even if you didn't give them any money.
Alberta's Open for Summer Plan
This 3 stage roadmap outlines how restrictions will ease while protecting the healthcare system and increasing vaccination rates in the province. COVID-19 transmission will continue to be monitored. If required, a stage may be paused to respond to trends at regional or provincial levels.
Sustained reopening will require Albertans to get fully vaccinated with 2 doses during the summer to prevent future spread. These restriction changes apply province-wide. Additional details will be released before each stage.
Stage 1 reopening started June 1
Stage 1: Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12-plus (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Effective June 1 unless stated otherwise.
- Indoor social gatherings are still not permitted
- Outdoor social gatherings: up to 10 people
- Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities: up to 10 distanced people, all ages
- Places of worship: 15% of fire code occupancy (effective May 28)
- Wedding ceremonies: up to 10 people, including officiant, bride/groom, witnesses (receptions remain prohibited)Funeral services: up to 20 people, not including facility staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests (receptions remain prohibited)
- Personal and wellness services: reopen, by appointment only
- Restaurants: 4 people per table max, outdoors, households only or 2 close contacts for those living alone
- Retail: 15% of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
- Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect
Stage 2 reopening started June 10
Stage 2: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12-plus (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Expected to be in effect mid-June.
- Outdoor social gatherings: up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
- Indoor recreation, entertainment and other settings (rec centres, arenas, casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries, libraries, etc.) open at 1/3 of fire code occupancy
- Gyms and fitness studios open for solo and drop-in activities and indoor fitness classes with 3 metre distancing
- Funeral services: up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
- Wedding ceremonies: up to 20 people, indoors and outdoors (receptions permitted outdoors only)
- Places of worship: 1/3 of fire code occupancy
- Personal and wellness services: resume walk-in service
- Post-secondary: resume in-person learning
- Restaurants: 6 people per table max, indoors or outdoors
- Retail: 1/3 of fire code occupancy (must maintain ability to distance)
- Youth activities (day camps, play centres) resume with restrictions
- Youth and adult sports resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
- Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) up to 150 people
- Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) 1/3 seated capacity
- Work from home order is lifted but still recommended
- Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect
Stage 3 reopening starting July 1
Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12-plus (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. Effective July 1.
- All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
- Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain
- The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings
Mask use in public indoor settings is no longer required except for some specific situations, such as working in or visiting some healthcare settings, including long-term care, and using public transit, including rideshare vehicles, taxis, motor coaches and shuttles.
Note: Municipalities and businesses are free to set masking requirements as they see fit. For example, businesses may require staff and/or customers to wear masks inside their place of business. While masking is no longer required in most situations, it is important to support those who may wish to continue wearing masks while adjusting to Stage 3.
Isolation and quarantine requirements
Alberta’s requirements for isolation (if you have symptoms) and quarantine (if you have been exposed to COVID-19 through a close contact) remain in place. Provincial quarantine rules for returning international travellers have been lifted, but federal requirements remain in place.
Healthcare and congregate care settings
Alberta’s move to Stage 3 does not change requirements in the existing public health orders for licensed supportive living, long-term care and hospice settings. Stage 3 will impact activities off-site, but existing on-site restrictions will remain in place at this time.
Learn more about protecting residents at congregate care facilities
To book your COVID-19 vaccine, visit alberta.ca/vaccine to find available appointments with AHS or participating pharmacies across the province. Select locations are offering walk-in clinics for first doses.
With the removal of most mandatory restrictions, Albertans are encouraged to assess and manage their personal risk during the final stages of the pandemic. It is reasonable for people to continue using precautions that will serve their needs.
When assessing your personal risk, it is important to consider your setting, individual health and wellness factors, and comfort level.
Factors that increase COVID-19 risk:
- You are not fully vaccinated yet
- You regularly interact with children 11 and under who cannot be vaccinated yet
- You attend crowded indoor spaces
- You have risk factors for severe health outcomes from COVID-19
Factors that lower COVID-19 risk:
- You are fully vaccinated
- You mostly socialize outdoors, instead of indoors
- You have a small social circle
- You can normally maintain distancing from other people
Consult your physician or primary healthcare provider if you want input on assessing your personal risk of severe outcomes or to assist in determining your personal risk level.
The best thing you can do to support your health and reduce the risk to the broader community is to get vaccinated. Vaccines are our best protection against COVID-19 and the safest and most effective way to protect against infection and severe illness.
Additionally, all Albertans should practice good hand and respiratory hygiene, and stay home when they are feeling unwell. If you have risk factors as described above, consider additional precautions such as avoiding or limiting time spent in crowded indoor places, minimizing close contact with anyone showing cold-like symptoms, and continuing to use a face mask.
To reinforce the importance of following public health orders and the consequences of not doing so, fines will double to $2,000 for Public Health Act violations. To do this, an Order in Council will amend the Procedures Regulation of the Provincial Offences Procedure Act to enable the increased fines to take effect as soon as possible.
Repeat offenders, whether individuals, organizations or businesses, who are repeatedly or continually violating public health orders will be targeted with a new enforcement protocol. The protocol is now in place and will be used to coordinate a multi-agency response to repeat offenders.
If one organization is unable to gain compliance, a coalition of enforcement partners will work with each other to respond as quickly as possible with the most effective measures to gain compliance in that situation. The protocol also outlines steps for ongoing monitoring, which will assist authorities with deciding how to escalate legal and regulatory consequences against offenders that refuse to comply with previous enforcement measures.
Partners in the provincial group include Alberta Health Services, Occupational Health and Safety, Alberta Prosecution Service and local police services. Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis will also participate when cases involve licensees or activities under its jurisdiction.
As is the case with the public health orders themselves, the goal of this enforcement protocol is to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and the resulting threat to public health and strain on the healthcare system.
In Stage 3, businesses can resume the same operations and level of activity as they were able to before the pandemic began.
Updated general guidance offering optional mitigations to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses is available to businesses and event organizers who would like to continue additional precautions. Guidance for workplaces and settings that involve children have also been updated to reflect Stage 3. Finally, sector-specific guidance from the previous stage is also available for additional reference.
The information and suggestions outlined in these documents are optional, and it is up to the individual business to determine what measures, if any, to implement.
Guidance supports for all workplaces
- Alberta Health daily checklist (May 2021)
- General mitigation for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses (July 2021)
- General operational guidance (April 2021)
- Hand sanitizer (June 2020)
- Industry-initiated COVID-19 testing (May 2021)
- Masks (non-medical) (October 2020)
- OHS resources
- Public health orders
- Workplace closures (May 2021)
Businesses, community and cultural events, and organizations
- Casinos, VLTs and Bingos (June 2021)
- Drive-in events (June 2021)
- Homeless shelters (AHS)
- Indoor and Outdoor Seated Venues (April 2021)
- Performing arts (April 2021)
- Personal and wellness services (June 2021)
- Places of worship (June 2021)
- Private and municipal campgrounds (April 2021)
- Public demonstrations and protests (June 2021)
- Public outdoor gatherings (June 10, 2021)
- Screen-based production industry (May 2021)
- Wedding and funerals (June 2021)
Childcare, schools and other guidance for children
- Camps (July 2021)
- Children activities for ages 11 and under (July 2021)
- Family day homes (July 2021)
- Preschools, daycare and out-of-school care (July 2021)
- Schools and school busses (K-12) (July 2021)
Restaurant and food sector
Retail, manufacturing, industrial and commerce
- Home-based, mobile and door-to-door operations (September 2020)
- Industrial work camps (June 2020)
- Large production facility rapid response plans (June 2020)
- Office buildings (September 2020)
- Retail businesses (June 2021)
- Warehouses (June 2020)
Sport and recreation
Help Prevent the Spread
Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical (social) distance between each other. Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:
- Avoiding crowded places and gatherings
- Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
- Limiting contact with people at higher risk (older adults and those in poor health)
- Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
Other steps you can take:
- Wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible
- Download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
- Use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary)
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
- Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms
Employers and service providers can apply to receive free rapid test kits for use in their organization’s COVID-19 screening program. Rapid test kits were successfully piloted in long-term care, outbreaks, hospitals, homeless shelters and industry.
Rapid testing screening programs can identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic cases – people who don’t know they’re infected with COVID-19 – so they can be isolated early to stop the spread. People with symptoms or known exposure must use the online assessment tool to get tested through Alberta Health Services.
How to wear a mask with ear loops or ties
- Before putting on the mask, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol
- Ensure your hair is away from your face (a non-medical facemask can be safely worn by someone with facial hair)
- Check the mask for damage; if damaged, discard
- Open the mask fully to cover from your nose to below your chin
- Place mask over nose and mouth and secure to your head with ties or ears with ear loops (depending on style of mask)
- If the mask has a nose bar, pinch around your nose to reduce gaps between your face and mask
- Adjust if needed to make sure your nose and mouth are fully covered
- Avoid touching the mask while wearing it; if you need to adjust your mask, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water before and after you touch it
- Keep your nose, mouth and chin covered at all times, until you are ready to remove the mask
How to remove a mask with ear loops or ties
- Remove your mask if it becomes wet, torn, dirty or the ear loops/ties become damaged
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol before you remove the mask
- Do not touch the front of the mask. Remove using the ties or ear loops
- Dispose of your mask in a lined garbage bin and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol
What not to do with your mask
- Do not touch your face under the mask
- Do not use a ripped, visibly soiled or wet mask or if the ear loops/ties are damaged
- Don’t wear the same mask for a long period of time; it must be changed when it gets damp
- Don’t share your mask with another person
- Don’t wear the mask below your nose or chin
- Don’t let the mask give you a false sense of security; masks are meant to be used to as an addition to other measures such as physical distancing wherever possible, and hand washing
Cleaning and disposing of non-medical masks and face coverings
If you plan to reuse the mask, wash it before wearing it again. Change your cloth mask as soon as it gets damp or soiled by putting it directly into the washing machine, and washing it with other items using a hot cycle, and then dry thoroughly.
Non-medical masks that cannot be washed should be discarded and replaced as soon as they get damp, soiled or crumpled. Dispose of masks properly in a lined garbage bin after use, and do not leave discarded masks in shopping carts or on the ground.
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COVID-19 Financial Relief for Albertans
Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. They are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.
Private and non-profit businesses can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans into new or vacant full-time jobs.
Employers can get up to $25,000 for each new hire, or $37,500 for each new employee with a disability. Workers cannot apply for the program directly, but can let potential employers know they can apply for the Alberta Jobs Now program if they hire you.
Apply for the first of 3 intake periods by August 31.
Learn more about the Alberta Jobs Now program
Employment Insurance (EI) program
The government has made temporary changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program to better support Canadians who need financial assistance. As of September 27, 2020, the minimum benefit rate is $500 per week before taxes in most cases.
If you are not eligible for EI benefits, you may be eligible for the new benefits:
- Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
- Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
- Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The CRB provides $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) per week for up to 38 weeks for workers who:
- Are not employed or self-employed for reasons related to COVID-19 or have had their income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19
- Are not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI)
- Meet all the eligibility criteria for period they're applying for
- Find out how to keep getting your payment
Supporting families with children under the age of six
The Canada Child Benefit young child supplement (CCBYCS) is providing temporary additional support in 2021 of up to $1,200 to families with children under the age of six.
You must be entitled to receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) in January, April, July or October 2021 to receive the CCBYCS. If you already receive the CCB, you will not need to apply for this benefit.
Find out more about the CCBYCS
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
The CRSB provides $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) per week for up to a maximum of four weeks, for workers who:
- Are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19
- Are self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19
- Have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19
- Find out how to keep getting your payment
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
The CRCB provides $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for up to 38 weeks per household for workers:
- Unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, daycares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19
- Because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19
- Find out how to keep getting your payment
Mortgage payment deferral
Homeowners facing financial hardship may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral. The deferral is an agreement between you and your lender. Typically, the agreement indicates that you and your lender have agreed to pause or suspend your mortgage payments for a certain amount of time. After the agreement ends, your mortgage payments return to normal and the deferred payments — including principal and accumulated interest – are added to the outstanding principal balance and subsequently repaid throughout the life of the mortgage.
To know if you are eligible for a mortgage payment deferral or to learn what options are available, contact your lender directly — your bank or your mortgage professional.Learn more about mortgage payment deferral
Emergency financial assistance
If you are facing an unexpected emergency, you can apply for emergency financial assistance. You can get help when a situation is caused by unforeseeable circumstances beyond your control, and it presents a severe health risk, and you cannot access other resources or wait until your next pay-cheque or Income Support benefit cheque.
Learn more about Alberta's emergency financial assistance
Canada Student Loan Interest Suspension
The federal government continues to waive the interest on the federal portion of Canada Student Loans.
Learn more about Canada Student Loans
All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine. This leave is for employees who are receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. Employees who are quarantining or self-isolating should read about COVID-19 leave.
Learn more about paid COVID-19 vaccination leave
Practical services for Seniors: delivery of items and personal outreach
The Government of Canada will provide immediate essential services to Canadian seniors impacted by COVID-19. The government will contribute $9 million through United Way Canada for local organizations to support practical services to Canadian seniors. These services could include the delivery of groceries, medications, or other needed items, or personal outreach to assess individuals’ needs and connect them to community supports.
Collaborative Online Resources and Education for Seniors
Collaborative Online Resources and Education (CORE) provides a platform for seniors-serving organizations to improve delivery of services for older Albertan and seniors. The hub will make it easier for organizations to share resources and coordinate services, with a focus on key COVID-19 issues, including transportation, food security, social isolation and home supports.
CORE Alberta will support seniors-serving organizations to access training, COVID-19 information and resources, map where the greatest needs are across the province, and help seniors in more remote locations get the support they need.
The online hub cost $40,000 to develop. The Alberta government and partners will invest about $720,000 in inter-agency programs and initiatives that will be coordinated through CORE. Funding partners include Alberta Health Services, Alberta Blue Cross and the Government of Canada. The United Way of Calgary and Area will administer the hub and act as the project’s fiscal agent.
New Horizons for Seniors Program
The Government of Canada is expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program with an additional investment of $20 million to support organizations that offer community-based projects that reduce isolation, improve the quality of life of seniors, and help them maintain a social support network. For all organizations who received funding under the 2019-2020 New Horizons for Seniors Program community-based stream, funding can be used to provide immediate and essential services to seniors impacted by COVID-19.
Find financial help during COVID-19
Answer a few simple questions to get a list of benefits and supports tailored to you. Here, you’ll be asked 7 to 10 questions, one at a time, and then shown a list of benefits that may help in your situation. It will also have links for more information. Please answer the questions as an individual, not a household.