September 2021 MLA Report – Calgary Elbow – Doug Schweitzer

Calgary Elbow Doug Schweitzer

Child Care Agreement

Access to childcare is essential to Alberta’s economic recovery, that’s why Alberta’s government is investing in high quality childcare that meets the diverse needs of Alberta’s working parents. Children’s Services announced $45.4 million for childcare subsidy through a renewed agreement with the federal government. This funding will ensure more working parents can access childcare subsidy and will now also include those in licensed preschool programs. Additionally, $4 million under the Early Childhood Workforce Strategy funding will be dedicated to wage top-ups for preschool educators. High-quality early learning experiences are essential to the intellectual, emotional, and physical development of our children. Our government will continue to fight for families and children in Alberta, to ensure they have access to inclusive childcare.

Supporting Indigenous-Led Mental Health Efforts

Alberta’s government will invest nearly $8 million to support Indigenous-led efforts to care for mental health, including supporting the healing of residential school survivors and their families.

Through the new Residential School Mental Health Support Grant Program, First Nations, Metis Settlements, and the Métis Nation of Alberta will be eligible to apply for funding to support a variety of services and supports. This includes counselling services and traditional healing practices such as talking circles for individuals, families, and communities affected by Canada’s residential schools and the ongoing tragic discoveries of children’s remains. More than $2.8 million will be available through this program, allocated through grants of up to $50,000 each. The funding is a part of the Alberta government’s efforts to address the painful legacy of residential schools.

Alberta to Screen Babies for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Alberta will become the second province in Canada to screen all newborns for spinal muscular atrophy so they can be treated earlier and more effectively.

Muscular Dystrophy Canada is providing $366,000 to Alberta Precision Laboratories to implement the test through a one-year pilot program starting in early 2022. The test will be added to Alberta’s Newborn Metabolic Screening Program, which currently screens newborns for 21 conditions. Treatment for spinal muscular atrophy is most effective before the onset of symptoms. The program is conducted through newborn blood spot screening collected from a heel prick to help find conditions that can be treated early. Early treatment can help prevent health problems, improve a baby’s health, and may even save a baby’s life.

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