COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Update September 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update

As reports come out of COVID-19 in some schools, it is important to know that a declared outbreak does not mean there is a risk to the community. Public health officials are able to immediately contain and contact those involved in school cases while it remains safe for other children to attend. These officials are deployed quickly and can identify exposure and limit spread. You can find an interactive map of school cases through the link:  https://www.alberta.ca/schools/covid-19-school-status-map.htm.

In case of a COVID-19 case at school, all parents will be notified. Zone medical officer’s of health will work with the school to identify when symptoms developed, identify contacts, and support students and staff to learn or work at home if they are required to self isolate. If a school has 2 or more cases, the school is considered to have an outbreak. Medical officers will assess the spread and exposure risk to determine if it affects multiple grades and areas, or if it is confined to close contacts of a confirmed case, and provide specific recommendations – an outbreak will not automatically lead to school closure.

Remember that as we pull together, responsibly follow public health recommendations, and support our communities, we can have a direct hand in limiting the spread of COVID-19. For the most up to date information related to Alberta’s current pandemic situation please visit: www.alberta.ca/covid19

CRA and COVID-19

Have you received financial support during COVID-19? We want to remind everyone to file your 2019 tax return if you haven’t yet done so. Filing your return ensures you receive the right benefit amounts and payments beyond September 2020.

If your tax return is not assessed by early September, your payments will stop in October 2020 and you may have to repay the amounts your received since July 2020.

Find a free tax clinic in your area. You will be able to enter your community information to see if there are services available in your area.

COVID-19 Support Plan

July 31, 2020, was the last day to apply for the Youth Emergency Benefit program. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. If you have applied and not heard from us about your application, please call or email us at youthbenefit@metis.org to follow up.

June 30, 2020, was the last day to apply for the Child Wellness Benefit program of our COVID-19 Support Plan. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

As of April 6, 2020, we have released our COVID-19 Support Plan, and added Phase 2 on May 11. Read the plan for details on how this plan can benefit you and your families during this global pandemic, or click the links to continue applying.

This is part of our evolving strategy to help Métis Nation citizens living in Alberta. Please see our FAQ for answers to common questions we’ve received.

Please note: All in-person intake, applications (including harvesting), and walk-ins at the provincial office (11738 Kingsway Ave. NW) are temporarily suspended until further notice. Applications can still be mailed in.

Please call 780-455-2200 or toll free 1-800-252-7553 if you have any questions.

Follow the links below or on the side bar to find the information you’re looking for:

(May 12, 2020) Prime Minister Trudeau recognized that small added costs, like extra dispensing fees and grocery delivery charges are significant for those on fixed income. So, he announced supports for seniors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find Michif Cree and Michif French Public Service announcements on COVID-19 on the Indigenous Services Canada web page and this Alberta Health Services page in Cree.

Read messages and statements on COVID-19 from our affiliates:

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) currently provides $2,000 every four weeks for up to four months to Canadians who have lost their income related to COVID-19.On April 15, 2020 Canada announced that they were expanding eligibility for CERB.CERB is now available to Canadians who:

1 – have exhausted their employment insurance (EI) benefits since Jan.1;

2- seasonal workers who cannot find work because of COVID-19; and

3 – those who earn up to $1,000 a month

This means Canadians will now be allowed to collect CERB even if they still have some earnings, if those monthly earnings do not surpass $1,000. This means that those who are still working but had their hours drastically reduced can apply for assistance.

Note: This benefit is not taxed up front.

For complete information and how to apply please visit the CERB application website.


We have been getting several requests from citizens asking for masks and we understand why, things feel scary right now. Health experts ask that you stay at home. If you are home, you do not need a mask.

While there is changing evidence and support for self-made masks, Public Health Experts primarily recommend masks for those who are sick or immunocompromised who must leave their home and go to hospital for care. Wearing a mask when you are not ill may give a false sense of security. There is a potential risk of infection with improper mask use and disposal.

Stay home and stay safe!

Beware of scammers!

Beware of scammers! If an offer of cash or free devices comes up due to the current pandemic, it is probably too good to be true. This Global News article has more tips on avoiding scams.

Download or print these useful posters for your home or workplace:

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Alberta, visit: