March 11, 2020

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The Prime Minister announced the government’s initial support for Canadians and businesses affected by COVID-19, including a $1-billion fund to support provinces and territories, enhance research, including vaccine development, and purchase medical supplies, support Indigenous communities and increase education efforts. The federal government will also waive the one-week waiting period for Employment Insurance sickness benefits to assist workers and affected businesses.

The Alberta government offers frequently updated information about the situation here: