Community Resources

This is a guide for people who are looking for resources to deal with COVID-19. Below, we’ve provided links to resources in Canada, Alberta and selected cities. Please note that this guide will be updated on a regular basis.

COVID-19 Economic Response plan:
View Canada’s Economic Response plan here.

EI and Emergency Support

Here are some of the benefits you may be eligible for:

Employment Insurance:

  • The government is waiving the one-week waiting period for those individuals in imposed quarantine.
  • For additional information visit the E.I. website

Emergency Care Benefit:

  • Intended for those who don’t qualify for EI, can’t go to work, and don’t have paid sick leave:
    • Provides up to $900 every two weeks for up to 15 weeks, to those affected by COVID-19.
  • Who can apply:
    • Workers – including self-employed – who are quarantined or sick within with COVID-19
    • Those staying home to take care of a family member with COVID-19 who doesn’t qualify
    • Parents staying home to care for children because of school closures

For additional information visit the Canada Revenue Agency website

The Emergency Support Benefit: Intended to be a long-term income support

For additional information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website

GST Credit: A one-time special payment by early May close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples

Canada Child Benefit

  • An increase of $300 per child as part of the May payment.

Canada Student Loans

  • Placing a 6-month free moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans for all individuals currently in the process of paying these loans

Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs)

  • Reducing minimum withdrawals from RRIF by 25% for 2020

Latest News: View the latest news from Alberta Health here.

COVID-19 Updates/Suggestions

Self-Isolation Tips/Guides

Financial Assistance

General Resources/News


Food & Other Essential Services

  • Calgary CO-OP provides FREE Care Packages for quarantined people. Find out more.
    • Ends April 15th, 2020 (while supplies last)
  • Calgary’s Food Bank: The Hamper Request Line (403-253-2055) will re-open on Wednesday, March 18 and emergency hamper distribution will officially start on Thursday, March 19.
  • Here are a few resources to find free food.

Comments: Many grocery stores and pharmacies are now offering online shopping and delivery. Community Associations are also organizing free grocery and medication delivery. Call your local grocery store, pharmacy or community association to find out what’s available.These organizations offer free delivery services:

Calgary Seniors Resource Society:  403-266-6200

Kerby Centre:  403-234-6571

Mental Health/Support