Subject: March 18 Major Economic Announcement: Supports for students, laid-off workers

The Alberta government continues to support Albertans during this unprecedented global public health emergency.

Premier Kenney announced a temporary program for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation. This program also includes people who are the sole caregiver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated. That money will be available starting this week to help them make ends meet until federal supports start on April 1. An online application will be made available on

Albertans can defer their electricity and natural gas utility payments for residential, farm and small commercial customers for 90 days.

Post-secondary students will have a six-month, interest-free holiday on student loan payments.

ATB Financial and Alberta credit unions are offering deferrals on loans and mortgages to customers affected by COVID-19.

Government will not collect corporate income taxes until this August 31.

The news release at has more detail.

This announcement is important information for your stakeholders as well. I ask for your help in sharing it with them. You will receive materials to share in the coming days.

You bring incredible empathy, flexibility and concern to today’s new reality. Government brings its commitment and resources. Albertans bring their legendary resilience. Together we will help students, workers, and everyone get through this dark time and emerge stronger than ever.

Thank you.

Paul Wynnyk
Deputy Minister