Covid-19 Update May 4th
Coronavirus Global Response
Trudeau announced $240.5 million for online health care, including new virtual platforms for mental health and primary care. The new platforms will help Canadians safely engage with their regular health providers and specialist health services through telephone, text, or video-conferencing. This investment will also support Wellness Together Canada, an online portal providing free resources, tools, and professional support services “to help with wellness and resilience, as well as mental health and substance use.”
The Prime Minister announced a $175 million investment in the Canadian biotech company AbCellera to help continue promising COVID-19 research. Trudeau noted that the company has already identified antibodies that could be used to help develop medicines to treat the virus.
Trudeau announced that Procurement Minister Anita Anand will lead the new COVID-19 Supply Council, with the mandate of “finding innovative solutions to ensure our country continues to have the vital supplies necessary to keep Canadians safe.”
The Prime Minister noted that families receiving the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will get $300 extra per child in May to help them cope with COVID-19. This increase will deliver $2 billion in extra support across the country.
Yesterday the Parliamentary Budget Officer released revised estimates of the impact that COVID-19 will have on Canada’s economy. For 2020, real GDP growth in Canada is projected to shrink by 12 per cent, the weakest on record since the government began tracking in 1961. According to the PBO, the previous weakest growth in real GDP on record, a decline of 3.2 per cent, was observed during the 1982 recession.
COVID-19 has impacted many Albertans and our businesses. Our government implemented measures to support Albertans which has including rental assistance, student loan repayment deferrals, utility payment deferrals, supports for charitable and non-profit groups and protections for employees who need to work from home or take a leave of absence. We also continue to work with the federal government on further supports for Albertans.
For more information on Alberta government supports go
For more information on Federal government supports go
A message from the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary has launched the following website, to share useful information and virtually support our community. This COVID-19 Community Support page includes information from UCalgary experts presented in a variety of ways to meet diverse needs including written stories, webinars, and COVIDcast – a new podcast series that takes a deep dive into a variety of topics related to COVID-19 – to help our community understand the global pandemic, explore the latest research, and provide advice for navigating health and wellness, home and family, business and economy, and community life during this unprecedented and challenging time.
Addiction Helpline at
Mental Health Helpline at
Kids Help Phone at
Community and Social Services Helpline at Alberta 211