Prime Minister announces next steps for Safe Restart Agreement

Government of Canada


On September 16, The Prime Minister, shared the details of the investments that will be made through the Safe Restart Agreement. Through the Agreement, reached earlier this summer, the Government of Canada announced over $19 billion in federal funding to help provinces and territories safely restart the economy. The Safe Restart Agreement supports measures to increase testing and contact tracing to protect Canadians from future waves of the virus. It will help support the capacity of our health care systems, including through services for people facing mental health challenges. It will also provide municipalities with funding so they can quickly deliver essential services, like public transit, that Canadians rely on every day, and secure a reliable source of personal protective equipment for essential workers. The Agreement will also provide direct support to Canadian workers, including safe child care to help parents returning to work. It will also provide income support for people without paid sick leave, and takes steps to protect the most vulnerable, like Canada’s seniors.

Provinces and territories were asked to outline in a letter how these funds would best be allocated within their jurisdictions, based on their priorities. The premiers have now submitted the letters and the federal funding will be transferred to the provinces and territories. The Safe Restart Agreement Response Letter: Premier of Alberta included supports for seniors under Vulnerable Populations as follows:

  • Support seniors the in community:
    • Provide co-ordinated shielding for vulnerable seniors in community;
    • Leverage technologies for vulnerable seniors and individuals living in rural/remote communities by improved access to equipment and infrastructure;
    • Increase information and supports by:
      • Enhancing social worker outreach and case management support to address elder abuse;
      • Enhancing family caregiver supports, including community respite supports for caregivers of loved ones with dementia; and
      • Adapting communication for diverse senior populations;
  • Support seniors and other vulnerable Albertans in long-term care, continuing care, home care or palliative care and persons with disabilities living in congregate care settings:
    • Increase staffing support;
    • Cover one-time pandemic preparedness costs for non-wage measures for infection prevention and control;
    • Support with enhanced staffing, PPE, and cleaning supplies and lower accommodations/rental income;

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