Alberta Enters Step 2 to Further Ease Restrictions

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The Alberta government is careful not to lift COVID-19 restrictions too quickly. On February 8, Alberta entered Step 1 to ease COVID-19 restrictions. On March 1, to further ease restriction, the province officially entered Step 2. For Step 2, the benchmark to ease restrictions is 450 hospitalizations and declining. Updated health measures affect indoor fitness activities and public libraries: Indoor …

Working Parents Benefit (Apply by March 31)

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The Alberta government is providing the Working Parents Benefit, a one-time payment of $561 per child. The application for the Working Parents Benefit opens by region from March 1 to 5. Some Southern Alberta cities and towns will open for application starting March 1. Eligible families residing in Calgary, Edmonton and Airdrie can apply: Airdrie: March 3 Edmonton metro area: …

Health Canada Approved AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

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Health Canada has recently approved AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for use. After thorough, independent reviews of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the vaccine meets Canada’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements. The first shipment of half a million doses of these vaccines will arrive within weeks. The vaccines are authorized for use in people over 18 years of age. …

Transportation Support for Vaccine Appointments

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Seniors 75+ can now book covid-19 vaccines. The government of Alberta has recently identified 211 as a resource to support transportation to vaccine appointments for isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges. For isolated seniors and those with mobility challenges, if you do not have the means to get to a vaccination centre, you can contact 211 for help in …

Seniors 75+ Can Now Book COVID-19 Vaccines

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Albertans are being vaccinated as fast as supply allows. Albertan seniors born in 1946 or earlier are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You do not need to wait for your 75th birthday, however a valid ID is required to prove your age. To make appointments for your first and second doses: Book online Call 811, or Contact a participating pharmacy …

Register for My Account – Canada Revenue Agency

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My Account is a secure portal that lets you view your personal income tax and benefit information and manage your tax affairs online. To register for My Account, go to canada.ca/my-cra-account and select “CRA register.” * Note that before you can use this option to register, you must have filed your income tax and benefit return for the current tax year or …

How COVID-19 Benefits Impact Your 2020 Taxes

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Received COVID-19 benefits in 2020? They are considered to be taxable incomes: Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)  Learn where to get tax slips for the 2021 tax season. If you received the CERB or CESB, no tax was withheld when payments …

Quarantining in Government-Authorized Hotels

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In early February, the Canadian government announced stricter border measures and new restrictions to international travel to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada. Air travellers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test taken up to 72 hours before their scheduled departure time. As of February 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET, travellers, unless …

Canada Extends Several COVID-19 Recovery Benefits

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The Canadian government has recently proposed the extension of several recovery benefits to help Canadians get through the pandemic. Benefits Extended by Can claim up to Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) 12 weeks 38 weeks Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) 12 weeks 38 weeks Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSC) 2 weeks 4 weeks The regular Employment Insurance benefits (EI) 24 weeks …

Detailed Eligibility Info for Critical Worker Benefit

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The Critical Worker Benefit is a one-time $1,200 cash payment recognizing Albertans working to provide critical services during the pandemic in the following sectors: public health-care social services education private sector Detailed eligibility and application information for the Critical Worker Benefit is now available online. Workers listed in the following private sectors are eligible to receive the Critical Worker Benefit: …