Premier Jason Kenney, today, announced that as part of the government’s economic measures to help Albertans affected by the COVID-19 crisis, Alberta is providing immediate financial assistance under the Emergency Isolation Support Program for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate.
Under the Emergency Isolation Support Program, Albertans will be paid $573 per week during self-isolation, similar to the program initiated by Quebec.
The Emergency Isolation Support Program is for those who are self-isolating because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation, including persons who are the sole caregiver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated.
Kenney also said that this financial relief will be distributed in one payment installment. He emphasised that this is not an economic measure, but rather a public health measure so that Albertans do not have to choose between self-isolation and working.
Premier Jason Kenney said, “Albertans are doing their part to keep each other safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are doing ours by assisting Albertans and their families, protecting jobs and supporting workers and employers. We will help shelter Albertans from the economic disruption of COVID-19 now, and position Alberta’s industry and businesses to bounce back when the situation stabilizes. This is an initial set of measures, and more will follow in the days to come.”
How to Apply for $573 Per Week Under Emergency Isolation Support Program
Alberta is setting up an online application through alberta.ca by next week. A one-time payment of $1,146 will be deposited in the accounts of eligible recipients beginning at that time.