COVID 19 Status - Alberta
Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is taking precautionary measures to do our part in slowing the spread of the disease.
The ESPC physical office will be closed effective March 16, 2020, until further notice. We will continue to work and serve our community and clients remotely. All of us at ESPC have the necessary resources to work remotely with little disruption to our scheduled project deliverables.
Please note that by working remotely, emails will be answered, but phone calls may take longer to respond too. We would recommend email or our website contact form as the quickest way to connect with us.
Additionally, all in-person ESPC events and meetings have been cancelled. We will be monitoring the situation and decide soon on the status of our Annual General Meeting and the scope of our 80th Anniversary celebrations.
Resources - COVID 19
The links below are intended to provide everyone with access to important resources. We will continue to update the links as we become aware of new ones or changes to the existing ones. Please note that because this is a rapidly changing issue, some links may become obsolete or will be replaced with newer programs.
The resources listed cover a wide range of topics for a broad section of our population. The intent is to inform as many people as possible and help them understand their options, available support, and tools to continue isolating, social distance, remain in quarantine, or access health care support.
Click on the boxes below to reveal details about the specific programs:
Federal/National Resources and Programs
Corona Support - Determining Eligibility
To determine eligibility for federal programs, this survey will direct you to benefits individuals may be entitled to receive.
Canada Recovery Benefit
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period.
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
If you are eligible for the CRSB, you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for a 1-week period.
If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. You may apply up to a total of 4 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021. You cannot apply for periods that are closed.
Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they are sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. The CRCB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
If you are eligible for the CRCB, your household can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period. If your situation continues past 1 week, you will need to apply again. Each household may apply up to a total of 42 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
Canada Child Benefit
The Canada child benefit (CCB) is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. The CCB may include the child disability benefit and any related provincial and territorial programs.
The CCB young child supplement (CCBYCS) provides up to four tax-free payments in 2021 to families with children under the age of six to help pay for a wide range of expenses. Families may be entitled to receive up to $1,200 per child under the age of six.
COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad
This program will provide the option of an emergency repayable loan to Canadians in need of immediate financial assistance to return home or to temporarily cover their life-sustaining needs while they work toward their return. Each application will be assessed according to their specific situation and needs.
Info: COVID-19: Financial help if you are outside Canada
Support for Canadians with Disabilities
A one-time tax-free payment of $600 to Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate will be given.
The deadline for the one-time $600 disability tax credit payment has been extended to December 31, 2020.
Old Age Security & Guaranteed Income Supplement
A one-time tax-free payment of $300 will be given to seniors who are eligible for Old Age Security with an additional payment of $200 to seniors who also receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
The one-time increase is intended to address concerns with rising costs in medications, grocieries, and other living expenses.
Employment Insurance Changes
The Government of Canada will be transitioning to a simplified Employment Insurance (EI) program, effective September 27, 2020, to provide income support to those who remain unable to work and are eligible, and introducing a new suite of temporary and taxable recovery benefits to further support workers.
Summary of temporary measures to help Canadians access EI benefits more easily
- 120 hours of work required to qualify
- Minimum benefit rate of $400 per week
- At least 26 weeks of regular benefits
Indigenous Community Support Fund
The Indigenous Community Support fund provides Indigenous leadership and organizations with the flexibility needed to design and implement community-based solutions to prevent, prepare and respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. These funds can be used for measures including, but not limited to: support for Elders and vulnerable community members, measures to address food insecurity, educational and other support for children, mental health assistance and emergency response services, preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
For more info: »Indigenous Community Support Fund«
Reaching Home Initiative
Reaching Home is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to Designated Communities (urban centers), Indigenous communities, territorial communities and rural and remote communities across Canada.
For more info: Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy Directives
Women’s Shelters and Sexual Assault Centres
To support Canada’s most vulnerable people, the Government of Canada announced emergency funding for organizations providing supports and services to those experiencing gender-based violence. This includes taking critical measures and making new investments to support shelters and transition housing that provide a safe space for women experiencing violence and their families, and to ensure anyone facing gender-based violence has a safe place to turn.
Canada Student Loans Changes
As of April 1, 2021, no interest will be charged on Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans. This measure is temporary. For more information, please see the proposed changes in this year’s budget announcement.
Government of Canada: financial assistance for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees
The Government of Canada has compiled a list of benefit programs to help those who face financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you live in Canada, even temporarily, there may be support for you.
Provincial Resources and Programs
Emergency Financial Assistance
If you are facing an unexpected emergency, you can apply for emergency financial assistance. You can get help when: a situation is caused by unforeseeable circumstances beyond your control, and it presents a severe health risk, and you cannot access other resources or wait until your next pay-cheque or Income Support benefit cheque.
ABTraceTogether is a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you’ve exposed others – while protecting your privacy. Quickly identifying and isolating positive cases is an important part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and preventing the spread.
Info: ABTraceTogether App
Family Violence During COVID-19
Read and share – Family violence during COVID-19 info sheet
- In case of an emergency, call 911. Police and emergency responders will continue to respond throughout the pandemic, even to those in quarantine.
- Family Violence Info Line
o anonymous support from trained staff:
- Call 310-1818 | 24/7 | 170+ languages
- Chat online alberta.ca/SafetyChat | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily | English
ACWS Member Shelters
The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters has a list of available shelters in each city in Alberta.
If you are in immediate danger call 911
If you need to speak with someone at a shelter near you, call our toll free line at 1-866-331-3933 and press 1
Shelter Guidance: Preventing, Controlling, and Managing COVID-19
This report provides necessary information for emergency shelters and temporary housing facilities to help prepare and know what to do during an outbreak.
Caregivers Alberta Support
Online Peer Support: In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation we had added new ONLINE Caregiver Support Community groups happening each Monday and Thursday! Learn More & Register
Caregiver Advisor: Need one-on-one support? Our Caregiver Advisor can connect you to the resources you need, offer personalized support and is there to listen when you just need to talk. You can connect to our Caregiver Advisor by:
- Phone: 780-453-5088 | 1-877-453-5088 (toll-free)
- Email: email@example.com
Municipal/Local Resources and Programs
You Can Benefit - Eligibility Screener
This handy online tool assesses your eligibility for benefits and services available to individuals offered by the municipal, provincial, and federal government.
Info: Eligibility Screener
Edmonton Food Security Resources List
This document provides a listing of cereal breakfasts, bagged lunches, take-away hot meals, and hamper services available throughout the city. Lists locations, contact information, and operating hours.
Info: Food Security Resources
COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Options
Indigenous Support Program Resources & Services (Edmonton Zone)
Click on the link below to access the list of resources compiled by AHS Indigenous Health Program Edmonton Zone.
Access the resource: »Indigenous Service Resource COVID October 2020 Update«
Medical students from the University of Alberta provide:
- Pick-up and delivery of online grocery orders from one of the major grocery stores
- Grocery shopping and delivery (includes local farmers’ markets)
- Prescription pick-up and delivery
- (no delivery or service fee)
Edmonton Meals on Wheels
A local non-profit that provides and delivers meals and food-services.
Info: Meals on Wheels Edmonton
REACH Keeping Kids Safe Resource List
REACH has compiled a list of resources and phone numbers to help support families and children during the pandemic.