COVID-19 LINKS & INFORMATION
General Information on Support for Canadians
Service Canada COVID-19 Notice and Information
You can apply for EI Regular Benefits if you are eligible and facing unemployment or EI Sickness Benefits if you are eligible and required to self-isolate. The standard 1 week wait period has been waived for Sickness Benefits, but still applies to Regular Benefits.
If you are ineligible for EI, the GoC has announced the Emergency Support Benefit and the Emergency Care Benefit. The Emergency Support Benefit applies to EI-ineligible workers facing unemployment and the Emergency Care Benefit applies to anyone without leave that is required to stay home due to sickness or self-isolation, including those that are self-employed. It also applies to parents without leave at home caring for children.
Support for Albertans
As noted in the link above, the GoA has announced the Emergency Isolation Support for Albertans. If you need to self-isolate and have no means of income, you can receive a one-time payment of $1146 to bridge over until April when Federal support becomes available. Applications will be open on alberta.ca the week of March 23
CITY OF EDMONTON INFORMATION
The City of Edmonton declared a Local State of Emergency effective March 20th. More information here.
The City is delaying penalties to property tax payments for Edmontonians experiencing major financial difficulties until August 31. Edmontonians who are able to pay their property taxes on schedule are encouraged to do so to help keep the City of Edmonton running during these challenging times.
The City is also recommending a 90 day payment deferral on utilities to the Alberta Utility Commissions and utility partners. These deferrals are not automatic and must be requested.
Effective March 21, all fare collection on City of Edmonton transit has been temporarily suspended, including DATS. All bus entry will be through the rear doors and the temporary schedule changes remain in effect. More details here.
Also effective March 21, all City-owned parking facility and EPark payments are temporarily suspended.
City Hall is now closed to the public.
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