Alta. pledges $50 million for COVID-19 isolation assistance

Albertans who are self-isolating or who are sole caregivers for someone in isolation can apply for financial support from the province.

The government has set aside $50 million to help those in the above situation who have no other source of income.

To be eligible, applicants must have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or be caring for a dependent who is self-isolating, or have been directed by health officials to self-isolate and who are not receiving compensation from any other source.

If those criteria are met, applicants will be asked to create a MyAlberta Digital ID. They can then receive a one-time payment of $1,146 through e-transfer.

Full details can be found at alberta.ca.

Starting in April, the federal government will expand Employment Insurance benefits to provide ongoing support to Canadians who are losing income as a result of self-isolation for COVID-19,” said a government news release.

“The payment from the Government of Alberta is meant to provide emergency funds until financial supports from the Government of Canada are available.”

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