Alberta Critical Worker Benefit

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This page was last updated on March 15, 2021.

The Alberta Critical Worker Benefit provides a one-time payment of $1,200 to workers in the public healthcare, social services, education sectors and those in the private sector who deliver critical basic services to Albertans or support food and medical supply chains.

The Government of Alberta is working directly with public sector employers to distribute the benefit to public sector workers.

Private sector employers must apply for the benefit on behalf of their employees. Employers will receive 7.66% of the funds approved to cover the cost of distributing the funds to their eligible employees and administering the program. Private sector employers must meet all of the following criteria to apply:

  • Be a private sector for profit employer, including sole proprietors, general or limited partnerships and corporations
  • Be located in Alberta
  • Be in one of the following sectors:
    • Food and beverage stores (not including liquor and cannabis stores)
    • Health and personal care stores (not including cosmetics, beauty and fragrance stores)
    • Gas stations
    • Food manufacturing
    • Truck transportation of food and medical supplies
    • Courier and messengers (not including post offices, bicycle messengers or take out delivery)
    • Warehousing and storage of food and medical supplies
    • Offices of physicians
    • Offices of dentists
    • Offices of other health practitioners

To be eligible for the Critical Worker Benefit, private sector workers must:

  • Earn $25 per hour or less
  • Have worked at least 300 hours between October 12, 2020 and January 31, 2021
  • Be located and working in Alberta
  • Be employed in an occupation that is on the Province’s list of eligible occupations

Business owners, contractors, self-employed persons and sole proprietors cannot receive the Critical Worker Benefit for themselves.

Employers have until March 19, 2021 to apply.

For more information on the program and how to apply, please click here.