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COVID-19 Alberta Benefits and Supports

COVID-19 Alberta Benefits and Supports

By Nizam Shajani, CPA, CA, MBA

Our firm is here to help our clients gain access to COVID-19 benefits.  We understand these are unprecedented times and many of you are facing uncertainty and difficulties in your businesses.   We will aim to communicate and assist in benefits that are available.

Premier Jason Kenny announced measures to help Albertans cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The following is a summary of what will be made available.

Alberta’s Financial Relief Benefit

Business owners and those that are self-employed who need to enter self-isolation before April 1 can apply for the provincial benefit of a one-time payment of $1,142.  This is available until April 1st only.

Albertans need to go to the online Service Alberta portal and create a My Alberta online ID.  Go to the top right corner to My Account and select create account.  Once your account is created and you have confirmed via the reply email, login and manage your account.

We will provide details on this application shortly.

Tax Payment Deferrals

Corporate provincial income tax balances and installment payments due on or after March 19, 2020 have been deferred to August 31, 2020 in an effort to increase employers access to cash so they can pay employees, address debts and continue operations.

Utility Deferral

Residential, farm and small commercial customers may call their electricity and natural gas provider to arrange for a 90-day deferral on all payments.

ATB Financial

Small business customers can apply for payment deferral on loans and lines of credit for up to 6 months and access additional working capital.  Other businesses and agriculture customers can access support on a one-on-one basis.

Job-protected leave

Full and part time employees may take 14-days of job-protected leave if they are required to self-isolate or caring for a child or dependent adult that is required to self-isolate.

There is no need for a medical note or to have worked for the employer for a period of time.

This does not apply to self-employed individuals or contractors.


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