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City Hall:

All remaining +15 that were still open are now closed.

Support for Newcomers
From our hard working colleagues in Calgary Neighborhoods has added resources for individuals and partners to Calgary.ca/covid19. You will find these new resources located in the left-hand menu under ‘Support for Individuals’ and ‘Support for Community Partners’.

Calgary Neighbourhoods has been working with the community partners to ensure that citizens like newcomers, Indigenous people, low-income families and seniors have the information and supports they need during this time when they may feel isolated and alone. There is a section on the new website for our partners where they can learn about funding and other resources that are available to them during the pandemic.

https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Pages/Support-for-Individual.aspx
https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Pages/COVID-19-Community-Partners.aspx

This portal will be updated regularly, so please share with those you know who could use this information, or to groups that can pass it onto their members.

Edmonton:

Parking at AHS facilities:
The Government is directing Alberta Health Services to temporarily suspend parking fees for health-care workers and the general public during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Access to justice

The Security Services and Investigators Program is extending all business and individual licences with expiry dates between March 9 and July 1 to July 2, to allow operations to continue. More information: https://www.alberta.ca/security-profession-licences-permits.aspx

Shelter support

The Calgary Drop-In Centre has opened a shelter at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre for homeless people who are well.

List of essential workplaces


The list of essential workplaces that can continue to operate in Alberta can be found online.

Emergency isolation supports

Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing online access to MADI and the emergency isolation support. We will provide daily updates about system availability.

Ottawa:


Defense Production Act Order

Late yesterday, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to stop the shipping of personal protective equipment (PPE) to countries like Canada. When asked about the blockage, Trudeau said he has been working very closely with the United States and the level of integration between both economies goes both ways. He noted it would be a “mistake” to reduce the amount of trade across the border and hinted that the government is considering retaliatory measures. Earlier this morning, 3M — a medical company that produces ventilators in the U.S — issued a response that aligns with the Prime Minister’s position.

Amazon Canada Distribution Agreement


Trudeau announced that the federal government has signed an agreement with Amazon Canada to manage the distribution of personal protective equipment to the provinces and territories.

$100M Food Bank Investment


Citing growing shortages of food for vulnerable individuals, Trudeau announced a $100 million cash injection into organizations that buy and deliver food to those that need it most, including Indigenous communities. Recipients of this funding include Food Banks Canada, the Breakfast Club and the Salvation Army.

Canadian Armed Forces


Trudeau acknowledged that the province of Quebec has requested assistance from the Canadian Armed Forces to support northern communities in the province. The PM confirmed that he has agreed to provide this military assistance.

Financial Support for Canadians


The federal government is fast-tracking a previously announced GST/HST Credit to April instead of May. In addition, Trudeau said the government has been working with major banks on direct deposit for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit and encouraged Canadians to visit their bank’s website to enroll for CERB direct deposit.

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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