The provincial government has now made it possible for Albertans to receive financial help during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the province's website, you can now apply for emergency aid in Alberta. This means that any eligible resident can receive a one-time payment of $1,146.
With the closure of non-essential businesses in Alberta, many residents are finding themselves temporarily without work or completely laid off.
While thousands are applying for EI benefits, the government is now stepping up to provide more financial support.
According to the Government of Alberta, eligible working Albertans can now receive a one-time "emergency isolation support" payment of $1,146 if they have been required to self-isolate.
It is also available for any resident who is the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other sources of payment.
This program hopes to bridge the gap until April when the Federal Emergency Care Benefit comes into effect.
The program is now accepting applications. In order to receive compensation, you must prove your eligibility.
This means you must have had to experience a total or significant loss of income and are not receiving compensation from any other source because you have either been diagnosed with COVID-19, have been directed by heath authorities to self-isolate, or are the sole caregiver of someone who is in self-isolation.
You are not eligible for this program if you can work from home, if you were not working immediately before you were advised to self-isolate, or you are not experiencing a significant loss of income as a result of self-isolation.
You will also not be eligible if you are collecting other forms of income support or employer benefits while isolating including workplace sick leave benefits or federal employment insurance.
If you do qualify, all you need to do is sign into MyAlberta Emergency Isolation Support system using your verified MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) account.
If you don’t have a MADI account, you can sign up during the application process using your driver's license or ID card number.
You won’t need to wait to be mailed a verification code in order to complete the application.
The application can be found online.
Once you apply, you will receive an email confirmation with a reference number for future interactions, so be sure to keep this handy.
If the application is approved, you will receive your one-time payment through e-Transfer within two days.
If you are not eligible, the provincial website states that an application for Employment Insurance should be completed.
There are also utility, mortgage, tax, and student loan deferral programs available.
Because of self-isolation, Premier Jason Kenney announced the launch of an emergency payment program of $573 for Albertans who may be facing self-isolation and are not receiving employment insurance benefits.
The $573 would be given per week for a maximum of two weeks. This payout is also available online.
This one-time payment program is not unique to Alberta. B.C. has also promised unemployed workers a single tax-free payment of $1,000.