COVID-19

Last Updated May 19th 

We are using this page to provide all the COVID-19 information we have in one central place for constituents, as well as any tips we have learned with respect to navigating the many application processes now available.  We will update this page as we get new information – but as always, in the event of a difference between this page and the Government of Canada website (Canada.ca), the government site is considered correct.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have suggestions for this page, or find something that isn’t working any longer.

Click here to read Ron’s letter to constituents about COVID-19.  

Where Can I Get Accurate Information About the Current COVID-19 Situation?

We suggest visiting the Alberta Health Services website, which is updated nearly daily.

What Is Government Doing / What is the Opposition Doing?

Check out Ron’s email updates for commentary on what the government is doing, and how the opposition is responding.  We have also posted Q&As where the opposition has posed constituent questions to Ministers, and they have responded.  Click here to see a list of updates.

Support for Individuals

Use the “click here” option to get information or apply for each option below.

  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for individuals who have stopped working (or who have experienced a significant decrease in income) due to COVID-19.  Apply through Service Canada or through CRA. Click here (If you are having difficulty applying due to needing an online account, consider using the 1-800 numbers to apply instead – the process is extremely easy. 1-800-959-2019 is the number.  Have your SIN handy.)
  • The Canada Child Benefit will automatically be increased for those receiving it by $300 this year Click here
  • Those that receive the Goods and Services Tax Credit will automatically receive an additional one time payment of almost $400.  Couples will receive almost $600. Click here
  • The filing deadline for 2019 Income Taxes has been deferred to June 1 Click here
  • The Government of Canada has asked mortgage lenders to provide relief for home owners who are experiencing financial challenges.  Consult your mortgage lender’s website for details.
  • The minimum withdrawal amount from Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) has been reduced. Click here
  • Students have access to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit to offset the loss of summer jobs. Click here
  • Various banks, utilities, and telecommunications companies have also implemented bill deferral programs. Check your provider’s website for details.

Government of Alberta initiatives

City of Calgary/Enmax initiatives

Support for Businesses

  • Wage subsidies of up to 75% of employees pre-COVID wages.  Click here
  • Canada Emergency Business Account – a $40,000 business loan interest free where 25% will be forgiven.  Visit your bank’s website for details.
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance – a commercial rent assistance program for eligible businesses where the federal and provincial governments will help cover rent.  Click here
  • Additional jobs, and 100% income coverage, through the Canada Summer Jobs Program Click here
  • Deferral of GST payments until June 30th 2020 Click here
  • Deferral of Business Income Tax owing until after August 31 2020 Click here

We know that these business supports have left out many companies, in particular those that employ contractors or use dividends as compensation.  We continue to advocate on their behalf to government and are hopeful adjustments can be made in the future to meet the needs of businesses that are structured in this manner.