Things to Know (February 11th, 2021)

February 11, 2021
February 11, 2021

Critical Care Worker Benefit Announcement

On February 10th the provincial government announced a new program called "The Critical Worker Benefit" which will provide a one-time payment of $1,200 to eligible Albertans in recognition of their hard work to provide Albertans with the care and critical services they need.

This benefit is expected to be issued to over 380,000 workers in the health-care, social services, education and private sectors. Through the Critical Worker Benefit, the Government of Alberta will distribute up to $465 million in funding to eligible workers. This includes up to $118 million in provincial funds, in addition to $347 million from the federal government’s benefit program for low-wage critical workers.

Eligible public sector workers do not need to apply to the Critical Worker Benefit. The Government of Alberta is working directly with public sector employers to distribute the benefit to eligible workers.

Applications from private sector employers will be accepted starting on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Private sector employers have until Friday, March 19, 2021 to apply for the benefit on behalf of their eligible employees.

For more information on the Critical Worker Benefit click the link below.

See More on Critical Worker Benefit

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant Still Open

Applications are still open until March 31st, 2021 for the Provincial SME Grant.

The program offers:

  • Up to $20,000 in funding for organizations established before February 29, 2020, including unregistered sole proprietors.
  • Up to $15,000 in funding for new organizations which began operations between March 1 and October 31 2020, including unregistered sole proprietors.

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 apply for this grant see the link here:

Aquatera Sponsorship Opportunities

Aquatera believes in its Core Purpose of Helping Grow Healthy Communities and promoting initiatives and engagement opportunities in communities that they serve. As the provider of essential water services in our community, Aquatera encourages non-profit organizations to apply for sponsorship opportunities available at

Aquatera focusses sponsorship efforts on programs, events, organizations and initiatives that are:

  • Youth based
  • Focused on education
  • Promoting active living
  • Helping reduce waste
  • Promoting water conservation
  • Helping to achieve the availability of clean, safe water
  • Positively impacting the environment and natural spaces

Yellowhead County Surveys

Do you have any comments and suggestions regarding policing priorities in Yellowhead County? The RCMP would like to hear from you. They’ll be accepting input from community members until Wednesday, February 17th.

If you are interested in participating please see the attached link:

Yellowhead County is also working to bring faster high-speed internet to their residents and need your assistance!

They are applying for the Universal Broadband Fund grant, a federal grant that will allow Yellowhead County to work with their partners to expand broadband and cellular services throughout the region—particularly in underserved areas in Yellowhead County.

This survey records locations and tests internet speeds, and this data will be used in the application for the Universal Broadband Fund federal grant that Yellowhead County is applying for.

Those interested in taking part in this survey can use the attached link:

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