Alberta has announced funding to help businesses implement vaccine passport programs

The Alberta Government is providing new funding to offset the costs of companies that choose to implement a state vaccination program.

The Alberta government announced on October 7 that a one-time payment of $ 2,000 will soon be made to small businesses that have adopted the Alberta version of their vaccine passport.

“These new aids will support the costs companies incur to implement proof of vaccination measures,” Jobs Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweizer said in a press release. ..

Payment application acceptance will begin in the next 4-6 weeks.

Companies also have access to another $ 1 million allocated to help establish and implement a vaccine passport program and train workers to trade with customers.

The government will also double the fine for violations of public health orders from $ 2,000 to $ 4,000.

Last month, the Alberta government released its version of the COVID-19 vaccine passport, advertising that it was helping to increase immunization rates in the state. The Restriction Exemption Program allows businesses to require patrons or customers to present either a complete vaccination certificate, a negative COVID-19 test, or a medical exemption.

On the other hand, all other states have implemented a form of vaccine passport system that prohibits people who cannot present evidence of vaccination or negative tests from accessing certain services such as bars, restaurants and indoor rally events. .. The Yukon, Northwest, and Nunavut are the only supporters of such a program.

Alberta’s passport program is optional, but companies that do not sign on must comply with other restrictions, such as the need to significantly reduce customer capacity.

Alberta introduced other restrictions this week, including reducing the limit for outdoor meetings from 200 to 20 and resuming public reporting of schools with at least two known infectious diseases.

The state recently relocated medical staff to double the number of intensive care units, resulting in the cancellation of more than 8,500 surgeries.

Opposition NDP leader Rachel Notley urged the United Conservative government to submit plans to resume these surgeries and reduce pressure on intensive care units.

The state has requested outside assistance, and eight Canadian military emergency nurses have been stationed this week to assist Edmonton’s hospital.

With files from Canadian Press

Andrew Chen


Andrew is a Toronto-based reporter.

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