The Alberta government has announced $53million in COVID related mental health funding
Alberta has enacted the following new restrictions:
- Temporary closure of close contact businesses, non-essential retail services, and dine-in restaurants (take-out and delivery services will continue)
- People are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15, and they must observe two meters of social distancing
- Automobile access is temporarily suspended at access points to all provincial parks as well as provincial recreation areas.
Alberta has enacted the following new measures:
- The Government of Alberta is providing security for Alberta residential renters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Tax relief measures for the tourism industry
The Alberta government has announced the following economic measures:
- Reversing the education property tax increase announced in their recent budget
- Deferring the government portion of the education property tax on non-residential properties
- Small and medium sized Employers will only have to pay half of their 2020 WCB premiums
- Emergency Isolation Support: $50 million
- Utility payment holiday
- Student loans repayment holiday
- Banks and credit unions – support for customers
- Support for Employers
Student attendance at schools is prohibited.
- Every K-12 student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next year. Provincial assessments, such as provincial achievement tests, will be cancelled. At this time, diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will continue. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
- Provincial Achievement tests have been cancelled for the remainder of the year
- Diplomas for Grade 12 graduation will be going forward with more details to come
- Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure these expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made, and it may vary depending on the school jurisdiction.
- School authorities are expected to continue their regular day-to-day operations and ensure the safety of school facilities. Maintenance, capital projects, cleaning of facilities and administrative work will continue.
Alberta Daycares and day homes
All licensed child care, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs in Alberta are closed at this time, as well. Approved day homes are exempt as they care for fewer than seven children at a time.
Alberta Post secondary institutions
Effective immediately, student attendance at post-secondary institutions is prohibited until further notice.
The government will also be working with post-secondary institutions to ensure that these extraordinary circumstances do not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies for the upcoming school year.
Alberta Community Funding
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has approved nearly $800,000 to support rural and remote Alberta communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These funds will be allocated to projects supporting marginalized groups, who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless, who may be experiencing increased hardship due to the pandemic.