My office and I will update this note with the latest information on programs and services from the federal and provincial governments to respond to the COVID-19 medical crisis. This page was last updated on August 3, 2022.

The following topics are covered in this note: Where to Access Medical Advice, Canadians Trying To Return To Canada, Support For Workers and Families in Alberta, Support For Small Businesses, Support for Agriculture and Support for the Energy Sector.

The primary source of COVID-19 information for Albertans can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx 

And the primary federal page on COVID-19 information can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

 

WHERE TO ACCESS MEDICAL ADVICE

Updates on COVID-19 in Alberta and best practices to prevent the spread of the virus can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

 

TRAVEL & CANADIANS TRYING TO RETURN TO CANADA

 

[Entering Canada if qualified as fully vaccinated for COVID-19]

Pre-entry:

• Check that you are eligible to enter Canada.
• Check that you meet the requirements of being fully vaccinated.

        · This means you have received:
        · the full series of a vaccine or a combination of vaccines accepted by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to Canada:
        · AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
        · Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
        · Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
        · Medicago Covifenz
        · Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273) including for children aged 6 months to 11 years
        · Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)
        · Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2) including for children aged 5 to 11 years
        · Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
        · Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
     · your last dose at least 14 days before your travel to Canada

• You must also meet all other entry criteria, including:

        · submitting all required COVID-19 information into ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website) within 72 hours before arriving in Canada and/or before boarding a plane or cruise ship destined for Canada
        · not having symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival
        · having a paper or digital copy of your proof of vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation)
        · All cruise ship travellers 5 years of age or older must also have a COVID-19 test to board a cruise ship in Canada or to board a cruise ship that will dock in Canada at any point on the cruise.

 

What you need to enter into ArriveCAN:

• Identification, including your passport or other travel documents
• Contact and travel information
• Proof of vaccination (must be in English or French, or a certified translation)
• COVID-19 symptom self‑assessment

 

At the border:

• Provide all required information and documents, including:

       · ArriveCAN receipt
       · proof of vaccination (paper or digital files)
       · other travel documents

• Answer all eligibility, vaccination and health screening questions.
• If you have symptoms, follow the instructions provided by the government representative.
• If you are fully vaccinated and have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10-180 days prior to your entry to Canada, bring proof of your positive COVID-19 molecular test result to be exempt from mandatory random testing.


Mandatory Random Testing (not applicable to marine travel)

• You are not required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival unless you are selected for mandatory random testing.

· Arriving by air:
• If you are selected for mandatory random testing, you will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing your customs declaration and receiving your kiosk receipt.
• The e-notification will include information on how to contact a test provider.
• You must contact the test provider to arrange to complete your test, which should be completed by the end of the next calendar day after you have arrived in Canada.
• Test providers (which vary by province) will provide you with instructions on how to arrange your COVID-19 testing appointment. This could be via in-person testing or test kit pick-up at select test provider locations, select pharmacies, or by virtual appointment for a self-swab test.
· Arriving at a land border:
• If you are randomly selected for arrival testing, you will be given a self-swab test kit to complete at home via a virtual appointment.
• You must contact the test provider to arrange to complete your test, which should be completed by the end of the next calendar day after you have arrived in Canada.

 

After Entry:

If you meet all the entry requirements listed above, regardless of whether you were selected for mandatory random testing on arrival, you do not need to quarantine.
• If you receive a positive arrival COVID-19 test result, or develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must isolate for 10 days from:
        · the date the positive test was taken or
        · the date the test result is received (if the sample collection date is not available), or
        · the start of symptoms, even if your province or territory has a shorter isolation period.
• You also must report your positive test result to the Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-833-641-0343 within 24 hours

 

[Entering Canada if not qualified as fully vaccinated for COVID-19]

Pre-entry:

• Check that you are eligible to enter Canada.
• You must also meet all other entry criteria, including:

· submitting all required COVID-19 information into ArriveCAN (free mobile app or website) within 72 hours before arriving in Canada and/or before boarding a plane or cruise ship destined for Canada
· meeting the pre-entry testing requirements
· not having symptoms upon arrival
· having a suitable quarantine plan

• In order to meet the pre-entry testing requirements, you must present proof of one of the following:

· negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken 72 hours before your scheduled flight to Canada, or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry;
· negative COVID-19 antigen test result, taken no more than one calendar day before your scheduled flight to Canada, or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry;
· positive COVID-19 molecular test result from a test taken at least 10 days and no more than 180 days before your scheduled flight to Canada, or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry. Positive antigen tests will not be accepted.

• Air travellers are strongly encouraged to pre-register for arrival testing before their flight to Canada

 

At the border:

• Provide all required information and documents, including:

· ArriveCAN receipt
· proof of a valid negative pre-entry COVID-19 test result (or proof of a positive molecular test result taken at least 10 and no more than 180 days before travel)
· other travel documents

• Answer all eligibility, vaccination and health screening questions.
• If you have symptoms, follow the instructions provided by the government representative.
• Follow the instructions upon entry to complete a mandatory arrival test.

· Arriving by air:
» You will receive an email notification within 15 minutes of completing your customs declaration and receiving your kiosk receipt. You will be notified of how to complete mandatory testing.
» The e-notification will include information how to contact a test provider.
» You must contact the test provider to arrange to complete your test, which should be completed by the end of the next calendar day after you have arrived in Canada.
» Test providers (which vary by province) will provide you with instructions on how to arrange your COVID-19 testing appointment. This could be either via in-person testing or test kit pick-up at select test provider locations, select pharmacies, or by virtual appointment for a self-swab test.
· Arriving at a land border:
 » You will be given two self-swab kits to complete your testing requirements at home. You must complete and submit your arrival test sample by the end of the next calendar day after you have arrived in Canada.

 

After entry:

• Complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine in a suitable location, such as your home.

 · If you do not have a suitable location, you may be sent to a designated quarantine facility.

• Take an additional test on day 8 of your mandatory 14-day quarantine.

· If you arrived by air, contact your test provider to arrange to take your Day 8 test.
· If you arrived via the land border, use the second self-swab kit you received upon entering Canada.

• Follow the instructions given to you at time of entry, as well as all additional federal, provincial/territorial and local public health measures, including wearing a well-constructed mask on the way to your place of quarantine. If federal, provincial/ territorial or local public health measures differ, the stricter rules apply.
• Answer compliance verification calls from the Government of Canada. You may also get a visit at your place of quarantine by a designated officer.
• If you receive a positive arrival or Day 8 COVID-19 test result, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or are exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19 during the next 14 days, you must isolate                for 10 days from:

· the date the positive test was taken or
· the date the test result is received (if the sample collection date is not available) or
· the start of symptoms, even if your province or territory has a shorter isolation period.

• You must report your positive test result to the Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-833-641-0343 within 24 hours.
• If someone you travelled with develops symptoms or tests positive, you must start a new 14-day quarantine period. It starts from your last exposure to them.

 

What you need to enter into ArriveCAN:

• Identification, including your passport or other travel document
• Contact and travel information
• 14-day travel history
• Quarantine plan
• Confirmation of a negative pre-entry test (or positive molecular test result taken 10 to 180 days before travel)
• COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

 

SUPPORT FOR WORKERS AND FAMILIES IN ALBERTA

For the latest updates from the federal government, including links to travel advice, financial supports and updates on current cases, visit this website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

The details on all the benefits available to Canadian workers and families from the Government of Canada can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#individuals

[Canada workers benefit (CWB)]

The Canada workers benefit (CWB) is a refundable tax credit to help individuals and families who are working and earning a low income.

The CWB has two parts: a basic amount and a disability supplement.

You can claim the CWB when you file your income tax return.

Eligible individuals and families can get up to half of the CWB in advance payments instead of waiting for tax time.

[Mortgage payment deferral]

Homeowners facing financial hardship may be eligible for a mortgage payment deferral.

To know if you are eligible for a mortgage payment deferral or to learn what options are available, contact your lender — your bank or your mortgage professional.

[Waiving interest on student and apprentice loans]

To help students and young Canadians who have been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19, the government is waiving the interest for full-time and part-time students on the federal portion of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans until March 31, 2023.

Alberta Government Measures:

Details on all the Government of Alberta measures for workers and families can be found here https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx and here Family and social supports | Alberta.ca

 

SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Details for businesses on the Government of Canada response can be found here: Managing your business during COVID-19 - Canada.ca
[Wage and hiring support]

Eligible business owners may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their employee wages between October 24, 2021, and May 7, 2022. This subsidy will enable business owners to re-hire workers, help prevent further job losses, and ease your business back into normal operations.

For each applicable claim period, eligible employers can claim one of the following, whichever gives the highest amount:

  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
  • Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program
  • Canada Recovery Hiring Program
  • Local Lockdown Program

Although these programs ended on May 7, 2022, businesses can apply for support up to 180 days after the end of the claim period for which they are applying.

[Rent and property expenses support]

Eligible business owners may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022.

Depending on the period you are applying for, you may be eligible to claim your commercial rent or property expenses through one of the following:

  • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
  • Hardest-Hit Businesses Recovery Program
  • Local Lockdown Program

Although these programs ended on May 7, 2022, businesses can apply for support up to 180 days after the end of the claim period for which they are applying.

Alberta Government Measures:

Details on all the Government of Alberta measures for workers and families can be found here: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.asp

 

SUPPORT FOR AGRICULTURE

Details on all of the programs offered by Agriculture Canada, as well as information specific to the agriculture sector on COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/covid-19-information-for-the-agriculture-and-agri-food-industry/?id=1584732749543