Albertans can now start applying online for the province’s emergency isolation support.
The Alberta Government recently announced $50 million in financial support for self-isolating Albertans who have no other source of income.
MyAlberta is now receiving applications from adult working Albertans who have experienced a total or significant loss of income as a result of having to self-isolate or care for a dependent who is self-isolating.
People can apply for emergency isolation support payments if:
• They have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
• They are caring for a dependent who is self-isolating.
• They have otherwise been directed by health authorities to self-isolate.
• They are not receiving compensation from any other source.
The application, along with full eligibility criteria, is available at alberta.ca.
Once their eligibility has been confirmed, Albertans will be asked to create a verified MyAlberta Digital ID, which is required to complete the application. As part of the verification process, information from the applicant’s Alberta driver’s licence or ID card is used to confirm their identity by matching the information on the card to the government’s motor vehicles database
Once their identity is confirmed, Albertans can complete the emergency isolation support application, and qualifying applicants will then receive a one-time payment of $1,146 through Interac e-Transfer.
Albertans who require assistance with the application can call the Service Alberta Contact Centre at 310-4455. The contact centre is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The payment from the Government of Alberta is meant to provide emergency funds until financial supports from the Government of Canada are available. Starting in April, the federal government will expand Employment Insurance benefits to provide ongoing support to Canadians.