Dear friends and neighbours,
As we kick off 2021, Alberta’s government remains focused on protecting the lives and livelihoods of Albertans. From administering vaccines to ensuring we have strong public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are working tirelessly to keep Albertans safe.
COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Alberta
Alberta’s government is leading all major provinces in COVID-19 immunizations. In fact, more than 65 percent of the vaccines we have received have been administered to vulnerable Albertans and healthcare workers. In total, 33,864 doses of the vaccine have been administered in the province as of January 6, working out to roughly 765 doses per 100,000 Albertans – the highest rate per capita in the country. Our province’s phased approach to vaccination prioritizes healthcare workers and our most vulnerable. Eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will continue to expand as more vaccines arrive in Alberta. For more information, please <a href="http://visit https://www.alberta.ca/index.aspx” target=”_blank”>visit https://www.alberta.ca/index.aspx.
Small and Medium Enterprise relaunch Grant
The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations. The Government of Alberta opened the application process for small businesses to apply for a second relaunch grant, providing up to $15,000 in funding to businesses that have seen profit losses of 30 percent and received funding in the first round. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx for more information.
Harnessing the power of civil society
Our government has allocated $7 million this year to help fund civil societies, charities, and non-profit organizations as part of a three-year funding commitment of $20 million. The fund is intended to help organizations make transformational change that will foster innovation, collaboration, and improve their long-term sustainability. Applications were accepted until January 20, and I want to thank all of the groups that submitted applications. We are now sorting through all of the innovative proposals from across the province and will make funding announcements later this spring.
Albertans are facing different challenges, especially during times like these. That is why we have supports and services available targeted to helping each person in their unique situation.
Areas of support include mental health, families, multicultural barriers, people in care, employment supports, and more. We can also help you find a doctor or other service. Find out how to contact 20 targeted supports available to Albertans at https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/css-alberta-help-and-support-numbers-and-urls.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3LmE1NNfVU3sJZzdfC9TMs-OnTec4exfAo1EvJc7p2pepOH-6Ld7jOn3o.
I want to thank my constituents who have reached out to me. As always, it is my great honour to serve as your MLA.
MLA – Calgary North East Rajan Sawhney proudly serves the following Communities: Aurora Business Park, Cityscape, Cornerstone, Country Hills Village, Coventry Hills, Harvest Hills, Keystone Hills, Livingston, Redstone, Skyview Ranch, Stonegate Landing