March 31st, 2020

Alberta launches online one-time economic aid package tied to novel coronavirus


By The Canadian Press on March 25, 2020.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney updates media on measures taken to help with COVID-19, in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON – Albertans who are eligible can now apply online for emergency bridge funding if they need to self-isolate due to the novel coronavirus.

Working adults who have lost all or most of their income due to self-isolation or because they are caring for someone with COVID-19 can sign up on the alberta.ca website.

Once their identity and eligibility is confirmed, they will be e-transferred a one-time payment of $1,146, which is intended to tide them over until enhanced federal employment aid becomes available in April.

Applicants must have been diagnosed with COVID-19, directed by health authorities to self-isolate, or be caring for a dependent who is self-isolating.

They can’t be receiving compensation from any other source.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the program will cost $50 million and is part of a suite of economic relief measures introduced by the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 25, 2020

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