Dear friends and neighbours,
The past two months have presented an unprecedented challenge to our community. The COVID-19 pandemic and the response to this public health crisis have challenged our province on a scale that we have not experienced before. I want to commend the individuals and organizations in our community that have stepped up to support those who are vulnerable to COVID-19, as well as those who have been deeply affected by the economic crisis in our province. From health workers fighting this illness on the front lines, to neighbours lending a helping hand wherever they can, the community response in our region has been nothing short of inspirational.
Our government’s top priority is supporting the health of Albertans, and we are ensuring that our health system has the resources that it needs to combat the pandemic. In March, our government passed Budget 2020, which maintained record spending for health care and included an additional $500 million to ensure that front-line health workers have the equipment, resources, and support the COVID-19 response. We are continuing to act on the best advice of public health officials and ensuring that our health system has the resources it needs to fight COVID-19.
Households and businesses across Alberta are facing sudden financial pressures due to COVID-19. Our government recognizes the challenges facing our community, and has introduced measures to reduce financial stress for Albertans. Our government has deferred utility payments until June, banned rental increases during the Public Health State of Emergency, and prevented landlords from charging late rent payment fees between April and June. Education Property Tax will also remain at last year’s level, and businesses can defer this payment until August 2020. Through these relief measures, our government is working to reduce the financial burdens on Albertans.
In this challenging period, I am encouraged by the strength and resilience of our community. As we support one another in the face of an unprecedented, unpredictable crisis, I am so proud to represent Calgary-Bow.
MLA – Calgary Elbow Doug Schweitzer proudly serves the following Communities: Altadore, Bel-Aire , Britannia, Elbow Park, Elboya, Erlton, Garrison Green, Garrison Woods, Glamorgan, Lincoln Park, Lower Mount Royal, Marda Loop, Mayfair, Meadowlark Park, Mount Royal, North Glenmore Park, Parkhill, Rideau Park, River Park, Roxboro, South Calgary, Upper Mount Royal, Windsor Park