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Stage 2 is starting on Thursday. Here is all the information, on what can open, and what cannot. I encourage all of you to wear face masks, and many stores will require it for entry. Click here for info on what is and is not allowed to re-open.


One-Time Tax-Free Top-Up Payment

The Prime Minister announced that his government is investing $2.5 billion in a one-time, tax-free, top-up payment for eligible seniors to help them overcome the costs of COVID-19. Under this new measure, any senior who is eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension will receive a one-time tax-free payment of $300, and those who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive an additional $200. This measure makes a total of $500 available to eligible seniors to cover increased economic and health costs caused by COVID-19.

Trudeau also noted that his government is temporarily extending GIS and OAS payments for seniors who have been unable to file their taxes on time in order to avoid interruption in benefits. All seniors are encouraged to submit their 2019 income information no later than by October 1, 2020.

Expanding Seniors’ Programs

The government is also making additional investment of $20 million to support organizations that offer community-based projects that reduce isolation, improve the quality of life of seniors and help them maintain a social support network.

The federal initiative is expected to support more than 6.7 million seniors facing economic and health challenges across the country. “We need to be there for those who have built the county for the rest of us,” emphasized Trudeau. “And that is what we will continue to do. We will support them and work to keep them safe.”

City of Calgary

Business Relief Patios: Council approved a plan to allow businesses to open pop-up patios at no cost and through a streamlined process. Bus with existing patios on public lands will not be charged for use of the land in 2020, and those hoping to open a new patio will not face permit fees. The intent is to allow greater capacity and space to spread out amidst ongoing pandemic restrictions. Admin told Council that it has been in touch with Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis to ensure the program can proceed quickly.

City Council has unanimously approved two relief packages today. Funds for the relief packages will come from fiscal reserves and savings.

1. $6M to community associations and community recreational groups; and

2. $15M to target the following three areas:

• $8M for enhanced support of social programs and services;

• $2M for targeted partnership to support the arts; and

• $5M for civic and community partners.

The City will waive driver’s license fees and plate renewal fees for taxi and limousine drivers, saving them an estimated $1.4M. Shortfalls from this industry will be covered by a livery services sustainability fund.

City Council approved a plan to allow businesses to open pop-up patios on public lands at no cost. This will allow for greater capacity and space to spread out under pandemic restrictions.

Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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