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To help you navigate these challenging times, this page provides information on pandemic-related restrictions, support measures, government services, and useful CFIB resources for Alberta. You’ll also learn how CFIB is fighting for your business.
March 1, 2022 - As of March 1, 2022 Alberta has removed all COVID-19 restrictions across the province including indoor masking and capacity restrictions. The following restrictions remain:
Click here for more information about public health measures.
To get through the pandemic and its impacts, your business will need better and more flexible help from the government of Alberta. Join the fight for greater relief.
Protecting your staff, customers, and business is a top priority, so we’ve put together an operational plan template to help you do just that. With tips for best practices, advice on meeting provincial compliance requirements, and links to downloadable COVID-19 resources, the plan is clear, concise, and easy to tailor to your needs.
Non-AHS facilities are encouraged to request PPE through the government’s one-stop email address at [email protected].
Learn more by visiting the government of Alberta’s page on “Personal protective equipment”.
The Alberta government has a free rapid testing program available for small businesses. Small businesses must first apply to use the government's rapid testing kits at no cost.
You can email [email protected] if you have any questions.
- More information about workplace rules can be found on the government of Alberta’s page “Alberta Biz Connect” under “Workplace Rules”.
- COVID-19 Temporary Layoff Period: Increased the maximum time for temporary layoffs from 60 days to 180 days. This change is retroactive for temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 that occurred on or after March 17, 2020.
- Quarantine leave: Employees are entitled to 14 days of unpaid, job-protected leave if they are required to quarantine due to COVID-19. This leave can be taken more than once.
- Family responsibility leave: Created a job-protected leave for employees caring for children affected by school and daycare closures or ill or self-isolated family members due to COVID-19
For more information about the Alberta government’s vaccine plan, please visit the government of Alberta’s page on “COVID-19 vaccine program”.
It may be possible to put a vaccination policy in place, or to make being vaccinated a condition of employment; however, it is important that accommodations are made for employees who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. It is worth noting that terminating an employee for not getting the vaccine could lead to a claim of unfair dismissal.
Before implementing a mandatory vaccination policy, consider the following:
- Does the workplace serve a vulnerable population?
- What is the nature and duration of the employee’s contact with that population?
- Assess risk for different positions – you may want to avoid an all-employee blanket policy.
- Ensure the policy is clear and employees understand consequences for non-compliance.
It is strongly recommended you consult with legal counsel to evaluate the risk of a mandatory vaccination policy in your workplace.
CFIB has a template vaccination policy available to members in our Resource Library. Please note: due to the legal implications, our Advisors are not in a position to help customize this template. To customize it, you should speak with a lawyer.
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