Relevant Topics (up-to-date as of February 24, 2021)
Public Health Measures:
For COVID-19 Information for Albertans, please visit: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx
Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
for a complete list of all support programs please click on this link: Economic Response Plan
Support for Individuals:
For Individuals & Families:
o Employment Insurance (EI)
o Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
o Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
o Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
Persons with disabilities: Special one time, tax free, non-reportable payment
Students & Recent Graduates: Helping student loan borrowers
Support for Businesses:
Emergency / Recovery Benefits – Main Phone Numbers
You can reach the CRA using two general phone numbers:
o If you are having trouble applying for an emergency/recovery benefit because they haven’t filed a 2019 tax return;
o If you want to make changes to their account (updates to address or direct deposit); and
o If you are having trouble accessing the CRA My Account.
This phone number can be used to obtain general information about the new Canada Recovery Benefits (CRB, CRCB and CRSB):
o Eligibility requirements;
o The payment amount for each period; and
o How and when to apply.
For employment opportunities please refer to Canada's Job Bank: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
For immediate assistance regarding COVID-19 and any questions you may have please contact:
Email: [email protected]\
COVID Alert App
- Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer is now recommending the use of non-medical masks when out in public
- Health officials are recommending Canadians to get the seasonal flu-shot
- Maintain social distancing and wash your hands often
New travel measures
Mandatory COVID-19 testing
To be allowed to board a flight to Canada, all air passengers 5 years of age or older, including Canadians, are required to show a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their scheduled departure to Canada.
All travellers 5 years of age or older, including Canadians, arriving to Canada by land are required to show a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken in the United States within 72 hours prior to crossing the border into Canada.
Alternatively, travellers can present a positive COVID-19 molecular test taken between 14 and 90 days prior to departure.
The Government of Canada has introduced further measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in Canada.
We strongly advise Canadians to cancel or postpone non-essential travel plans outside of Canada. Now is not the time to travel.
People who travel by air for non-essential reasons will face new measures and expenses when they return to Canada.
Travellers must still 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 exempted, will also be required to:
- reserve a government-authorized hotel for 3 nights prior to departure to Canada
- take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival in Canada
- stay in the government-authorized hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 molecular test taken on arrival
- pay for the cost of the hotel stay, as well as all associated costs for:
- infection prevention and control measures
Travellers must present proof of having reserved and pre-paid for their accommodation through ArriveCAN.
Travellers will still be required to complete the remainder of the mandatory 14-day quarantine after their mandatory hotel stopover.
Exemptions from hotel stopover
Travellers are exempt from the 3-night hotel stay if they’re:
- an unaccompanied minor or unaccompanied dependent child
- already exempt from the requirement to undergo post-arrival testing
Travellers will also be required to take another COVID-19 molecular test on day 10 of their 14-day quarantine. Travellers will be provided with a COVID-19 test kit and instructions before leaving the airport.