State of public health emergency declared.
Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. New measures to protect the health care system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates come into effect starting September 16.
Getting vaccinated makes us all safer. A one-time incentive of $100 is available for Albertans 18+ who get their first or second dose between September 3 and October 14.
Active cases from the Alberta Government as of October 18, 2021. Regional populations are based on the mid-year Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan population file, which may differ from local census data.
Restrictions exemption program:
Starting September 20, in-scope businesses, entities and events must follow one of these 2 options:
- Implement the Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or
- Comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 44-2021.
Click to learn more: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx
Prevent the spread:
The Government of Alberta recommends the following steps you can take to protect yourself and others:
- practice physical distancing and wear a mask in public
- practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
- monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
- self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition, or have tested positive for COVID-19
- take the COVID-19 self-assessment to access testing
For more information on what you can do to prevent the spread, click the link: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx
Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw No. 1969
On December 1, 2020, the Council of the Municipal District of Taber has enacted a temporary mandatory face coverings Bylaw No. 1969. This bylaw only comes into effect when the total number of active COVID-19 cases within the region of the Municipal District of Taber (as determined by the Alberta Government ) is reported by Alberta Health Services to be 50 cases or more per 100,000 in population.
Alberta's vaccination program is currently underway and led by the provincial government.
Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, or find out if you are currently eligible to book an appointment.
- If you are an isolated senior or have mobility issues and need assistance getting to your appointment, dial 2-1-1 or visit 211 transportation assistance
- If you have needle fear or concerns about pain associated with immunization, review these resources before your appointment: Client Summary, Distraction Techniques Poster and Numbing Cream Guide.
Sign up to receive notifications when it is your turn to receive the vaccines.
All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.
Learn more on the COVID-19 vaccine here.
Have you heard a comment about COVID-19 that you want to fact check? Look no further! Post your comment here and an AHS expert will provide accurate and up-to-date information to validate or debunk your post as fact or fiction: https://together4health.albertahealthservices.ca/covid-immunizations
Vaccine records with QR codes are now available. You can use your new record immediately, but the QR code will not be scannable until the free AB Covid Records Verifier app is available on Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks. Businesses will be notified when it's ready.
When the QR is scanned, it will only display your name, birthdate and vaccination status. It is not connected to any other personal information.
For more information visit the Government of Alberta website.
COVID-19 Immunization Record Submission Process:
- Submit your Immunization Record online: www.ahs.ca/vaccineregistry
- Request your Immunization Record: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/findhealth/service.aspx?id=5676
- Access My Health Records: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/MyHealthRecords
- Learn more about MyAlberta Digital ID: https://account.alberta.ca/available-services
- For information about federal travel restrictions see Health Canada’s travel page: https://travel.gc.ca/
Service Canada has resources available for Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the links for more information:
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Government of Alberta Assistance
Click the link for more information on all supports available from the Government of Alberta.
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
For counselling, parent and senior support services: FCSS Website
COVID-19 Information for Disability Service Providers
COVID-19 information for disability service providers is available on the Government of Alberta website.
Help During Tough Times - Alberta Health Services
This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help.
Assistance For Low German Speaking Citizens
Click the link for a full list of resources: Resources in Low German
Click the link for information on how to find assistance: Help in Low German
Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing.
Wellness Together Canada
Wellness Together Canada offers mental health and substance use support. It provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.
Assistance With Pets
The Alberta SPCA has a program available to assist people with their pets during COVID-19. This includes pet food for those who may be experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic.
Important Phone Numbers
Government of Canada Assistance for Farmers
The Government of Canada has support for farmers and food producers.
Or visit the Government of Alberta website.
Seasonal Agricultural Workers During COVID-19
The Government of Alberta has support for seasonal agricultural workers in Alberta.
Working with Animals During COVID-19
Funding For Businesses Impacted By COVID-19
- Alberta Jobs Now: The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses support much-needed jobs for unemployed and underemployed Albertans across the province and help Alberta’s economy recover. Employers will be able to apply for a grant that covers 25 per cent of an employee’s salary for a 52-week period up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee. The grant can be used to cover salary or training costs. Employers who hire persons with disabilities will receive a grant 1.5 times higher than the amount they receive for other new employees. Employers will be able to apply as of 9 a.m. on May 20. They can apply for funding for up to 20 new employees. Employers have until Aug. 31 to apply. A second intake will open on Sept. 15 and close on Dec. 31. For more information or to apply, visit alberta.ca/jobsnow
- Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant: The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of the impact of new public health measures or their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include physical barriers, purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies, paying rent and employee wages, replacing inventory and more. To support businesses affected by the public health measures the Spring application deadline is May 31, 2021. For more information, including updated eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx.
- Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG): The Alberta government is temporarily expanding eligibility to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) to help businesses access the training they need. The expansion is effective until February 28, 2022. Expanded eligibility includes funding mandatory training, allowing employers to train employed family members, and allowing some business owners to receive funding to train themselves. In addition, other changes will make the application process more efficient. Learn more about the program and apply online at alberta.ca/CAJG.
- Additional Government of Alberta Support: The Government of Alberta is providing emergency funding and support for businesses, such as corporate income tax changes, WCB premium payment deferral, rent assistance, etc. Learn more: Government of Alberta assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19
- Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS): The Government of Canada is providing the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) for Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. Learn more: Government of Canada assistance for businesses, non-profits, and charities impacted by COVID-19
- Community Futures Small Business Loans: Small businesses in the Lethbridge Region impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now access additional financial relief and recovery support. Community Futures Lethbridge will begin offering tailored small business loans as part of the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. These partially forgivable loans ensure that rural businesses, that do not qualify for other federal business support programs, receive help and support as a result of this crisis.
Resources for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- To help small businesses coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, Business Link Alberta is offering a one-stop-shop for resources and supports including free advice and coaching. Services are available by phone, email or live chat.
- Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a list of resources that businesses may find helpful as they navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: Economic Developers Alberta Resources List
- Alberta BizConnect has resources for businesses that are preparing to reopen as part of the Province's relaunch strategy.
Government of Alberta Social Services Support Funding
The Government of Alberta is providing funding to charities and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19. Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding will be distributed to civil society organizations. These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.
Click the links for more information:
- Guidelines for Social Services Support Funding
- Application Form for Social Services Support Funding
- Additional Information: Government of Alberta Website
Alberta Network of On-Highway Facilities & Services for Truckers
An interactive map is available on 511Alberta for truck drivers to find open restaurants, restrooms and showers on Alberta highways. Click the link to view the map: Map of Facilities and Services for Truckers
Download the ABTraceTogether app, a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you have been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you have exposed others.
Click the link to view Alberta Health Services information: AHS COVID-19 information
Click the link to view information on wearing masks: Guidance for wearing of non-medical face masks for the general public