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Government of Alberta Announces the Critical Worker Benefit Program

On February 10, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced the introduction of the new Critical Worker Benefit, offering one-time payments of $1,200 to eligible front-line workers in Alberta, include those from the non-profit sector.

Critical workers in the health-care, social services, and education sectors are eligible to receive the Critical Worker Benefit, which will be distributed through their employers. Private sector employers must apply online between February 17 and March 19. 

Here’s the information we have:

  • As per Minister of Labour and Immigration Jason Copping, only non-profits who receive provincial government grants will be eligible for the Critical Worker Benefit.
  • Each Ministry is responsible for distributing the benefit to service provider partners (including non-profits). 
  • Non-profits that have front line workers and that have not been contacted by a Ministry may now apply through the private sector application process.
More details, including a list of eligible and ineligible workers, can be found on the Government of Alberta website.
We will continue to update this post should any new information be released.
Last updated: February 19