Last updated April 14, 2020. We will update blog posts when more information is released.
UPDATE: The Government of Alberta’s Emergency Isolation Support program is now closed after successfully distributing funds to over 79,596 eligible Albertans since the launch of the program. The content of this post provides a summary of the program prior to closing.
If your employees are experiencing a loss of income from self-isolation due to COVID-19, they can apply for a one-time payment from the province.
FBC has looked through the guidelines and prepared a summary you can distribute to your employees.
WHAT IS THE EMERGENCY ISOLATION SUPPORT?
The Emergency Isolation Support is a temporary program intended to bridge the gap for Albertans until the Federal Emergency Care Benefit is available in April.
You can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if you are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and are experiencing a total or significant loss of income.
If you are eligible for federal Employment Insurance benefits, the provincial government is encouraging you to apply immediately to ensure there’s no gap in coverage.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
The Emergency Isolation Support covers you if you have experienced total or significant loss of income and are not receiving compensation from any other source if:
You have been diagnosed with COVID-19
You have been directed by health authorities to self-isolate
You are caring for someone who is self-isolating
YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM IF YOU:
Were not working immediately before you were advised to self-isolate
Can work from home
Are not experiencing a significant loss of income as a result of self-isolation
Are currently collecting other forms of income support or employer benefits while self-isolated, such as:
-workplace sick leave benefits
-federal employment insurance (EI) benefits
Are staying home to care for a dependent who is home for a reason other than self-isolation
Reside outside of Alberta
HOW DO I APPLY?
- The program is now closed and no longer accepting applications
OTHER PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO ALBERTANS:
Utility payment deferral
Student loans repayment deferral
Deferrals on ATB lines of credit and mortgages for up to 6 months
Deferrals on 2019 tax returns until June 1, 2020