COVID-19 Updates

Relevant Topics (up-to-date as of March 25, 2020):


The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The new CERB will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • workers who must stop working due to COVID19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.

Travel Advisory:The Border between the USA and Canada will be temporarily closed to non-essential travel.

  • This does not affect trade. Supply chains between Canada and the US are still running

The Government of Canada has announced an $82 Billion financial Aid Package to assist Canadians. Measures include:

  • $27 billion in direct support for workers and businesses
  • $55 billion for liquidity through tax deferrals
  • Wage Subsidies for small businesses – Covers 10% of employee salaries for 3 months
  • Temporary boost of CCB
  • GST cheques for low-income
  • Interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans for six months
  • A temporary boost in funding for shelters – for the homeless or people in domestic violence situations and have no where to self-isolate safely
  • The creation of an Indigenous Communities Support Fund
  • Increased assistance for businesses through EDC
  • An increase to Farm Credit Canada to help farmers
  • Creation of “The Canada Account” for vulnerable industries
  • Banks to provide flexibility on mortgages and other loans
  • Those owing tax will have until August 2020 to pay
  • Temporary reduction in minimum RRIF withdrawals
  • Insured Mortgage Protection program re-instated temporarily
  • Investment in orphaned well remediation to be announced in the coming days
Additional details and links to follow

The Alberta government has announced the following measures:

  • Emergency Isolation Support: $50 million
  • Utility payment holiday
  • Student loans repayment holiday
  • Banks and credit unions – support for customers
  • Support for Employers

For details please visit:

Air travel into Canada
Effective March 18, 2020

  • Canada will deny entry to those who aren’t Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or U.S. citizens. Exceptions made for diplomats, air crews, and immediate family members of Canadian citizens.
  • Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be able to board a flight into Canada.
  • Non-domestic flights will be restricted to four international airports located in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.


Alberta is in a state of emergency

  • all events over 50 people to be cancelled
  • no attendance at rec centres, casinos, bingo halls, bars, theatres and other facilities
  • sit-down restaurants can remain open at lower capacity

For further details please visit:

Canadian Blood Services is asking all donors to book and keep their appointments to prevent shortages

How do I prevent and prepare for COVID-19?

What should I do if I think I have symptoms or think I may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19?
AHS online assessment tool:

If I have to stay home from work, will I get EI payments?

Alberta Schools
Effective immediately, student attendance at schools is prohibited.

  • Every K-12 student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next year. Provincial assessments, such as provincial achievement tests, will be cancelled. At this time, diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will continue. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
  • Provincial Achievement tests have been cancelled for the remainder of the year
  • Diplomas for Grade 12 graduation will be going forward with more details to come
  • Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure these expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made, and it may vary depending on the school jurisdiction.
  • School authorities are expected to continue their regular day-to-day operations and ensure the safety of school facilities. Maintenance, capital projects, cleaning of facilities and administrative work will continue.

Alberta Day Cares and Day Homes
All licensed child care, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs in Alberta are closed at this time, as well. Approved day homes are exempt as they care for fewer than seven children at a time.

Alberta Post Secondary Institutions
Effective immediately, student attendance at post-secondary institutions is prohibited until further notice.
The government will also be working with post-secondary institutions to ensure that these extraordinary circumstances do not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies for the upcoming school year.

Should I be cancelling my travel plans because of COVID-19?

I am currently outside of Canada. Should I be returning home to Canada earlier than planned?

Either me or my family member is outside of Canada and is affected by travel bans. What should we do?
Canadians travelling outside of Canada in need of emergency consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613 996 8885 or email

I have a small business. What has the Prime Minister said about how this will impact me?