The Alberta government has announced that financial relief will be available for certain workers who are unable to work due to self-isolation. The government will provide eligible recipients with $573 per week for a maximum of two (2) weeks to bridge the gap until the newly announced federal Emergency Care Benefit takes effect in April 2020. Eligible workers must meet the government’s criteria for self-isolation related to COVID-19 and have no other sources of income or compensation while self-isolating and/or off from work.
Access to these new emergency isolation funds will be available through an online application. Specific criteria for access to the funds, and the application process, should be available from the government next week.
Given this new development, Alberta employers should be ready to address requests to self-isolate. If you have any questions related to this new benefit or anything COVID-19 related please contact ClientCare to speak with an Advisor.