Financial Assistance Resources

Service Canada COVID-19 Assistance Line

1-833-381-2725

General support for individuals

Agriculture Job Connector

Matching workers with employers to fill agriculture and agri-food jobs.

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ENHANCED CHILD TAX BENEFIT

$300/Child - Included in May CTB Payment
Who is eligible: Parents/Guardians of one or more children under the age of 18.
How to apply: Recipients of the Child Tax Benefit will receive the Enhanced Benefit, no application required

CMHC: INSURED MORTGAGE PROTECTION PROGRAM

$50 Billion for mortgage payments, deferrals, and payment arrangements

MORTGAGE DEFERRAL

Up to 6 months of deferral on mortgage payments, skip a payment, automobile loans, and credit cards
Who can apply: Case by case basis. Speak with your bank for more information

Oilfields Food Bank

Who is eligible: Local residents of Black Diamond, Turner Valley and surrounding area. Contact Oilfields Food Bank for other criteria.
How to receive assistance: Call 403-612-1291 on Mondays between 9-6 pm or Tuesdays between 9-2 pm to make your hamper request, intake will be done over the phone.

Utility Payment Deferral

Albertans who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic can work with their utility company to defer electricity and natural gas bills until June 19, 2020, without any late fees or added interest payments.

In addition, no Albertan can be cut off from these services or see their services reduced during this period.

To arrange for a deferral and repayment plan, contact your natural gas or electricity provider directly.

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Support for people facing unemployment or unable to work

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

$2,000/month for up to 4 months
Who can apply: 
  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of COVID-19 and have not voluntarily quit their job or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits;
  • Who had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and
  • Who are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment or self-employment income.
How to apply: EI Canada or My Service Canada Account  

You can also apply over the phone: 1‑800‑959‑2019 or 1‑800‑959‑2041

GST CREDIT

Average $400/Individual and $600/Couple - available starting April 9
Who is eligible: Low and moderate income families
How to apply: No application necessary

CREATING A NEW FUTURE: THE JOB LOSS WORKBOOK

Alberta Community and Social Services has put together this workbook offers a whole range of practical information, exercises and options to ease the transition from being employed to being unemployed, to moving on and creating a new future.

BUDGETING BASICS

This workbook, put together by Money Mentors, offers suggestions on how to budget and cut your expenses, boost your income and access useful information, services, and programs.

WORK SEARCH BASICS

Alberta Community and Social Services published this guide to finding work is for new or inexperienced job seekers. Start by identifying your skills, accomplishments, needs and wants, and decide which jobs are a good fit for you. Get tips on how to network effectively, conduct an information interview and be successful in a job interview. Learn how to create an outstanding cover letter and which resume type works best for you