Alberta expanding asymptomatic testing at pharmacies

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After a successful pilot of a limited number of community pharmacies in Calgary and Edmonton offer asymptomatic coronavirus testing, the Province of Alberta has announced that the program would be expanded to any pharmacy that wants to participate. Pharmacies that would like to offer the testing will need to abide by strict protocols, as well as have specialized skills to …

New Masking Rules in Alberta Schools

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The Government of Alberta has announced on August 4, 2020 announced that masks will be mandatory for Gr. 4-12 students and all teachers and staff when physical distancing isn’t possible. Wearing a mask will be mandatory for: Students in grades 4 – 12 in common areas (such as hallways or buses) All teachers and school staff where physical distancing cannot …

Passport services in Canada resuming

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The Government of Canada announced that they will resume some passport services in Canada. Starting on July 31, 2020, Canadians can apply for a passport by mail. If you have an immediate need for a passport or are travelling in less than 30 days with proof of travel, you can request for an in-person appointment. If you do not have …

Additional financial support for persons with disabilities

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The Government of Canada recently announced additional support for Canadians with disabilities, a one-time, tax-free payment of $600 to help with increased costs during COVID-19. These additional expenses might include higher costs for personal protective equipment; additional expenses related to hiring personal support workers and accessing other disability supports; paying for increased costs for medical supplies and medication; higher internet …

Calgary to make masks mandatory in indoor public spaces as of Aug. 1

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On July 21, 2020, Calgary City Council voted to pass the temporary Face Coverings Bylaw that requires the wearing of face coverings in indoor public premises and public vehicles. These new regulations will begin August 1, 2020. Under the bylaw, business operators or owners are required to display a sign asking for everyone to wear face masks in public entryways …

More support for Canadians through the Safe Restart Agreement

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced on July 16, 2020 a federal investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make our country more resilient to possible future waves of the virus. This investment, through the Safe Restart Agreement, will help address the key priorities, agreed upon by Canada’s First Ministers, for …