March 2021 MLA Report – Calgary North East – Rajan Sawhney

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Calgary North East

Dear friends and neighbours,

CBE launched a system-wide high school engagement in 2019, with the objective of balancing enrollment across all of our high schools in the city. Significant public engagement has already taken place and possible scenarios and related information will be released to the public on February 23.

In the link below, you will see dates for upcoming engagement sessions related to the various high schools. A survey will be available to the public from March 1 to 17, 2021. The final decision will be communicated to the public no later than December 2021, with implementation September 2022. https://www.cbe.ab.ca/get-involved/public-engagement/Pages/High-School-Engagement.aspx.

Alberta’s Critical Worker Benefit

Alberta’s Government has launched the Critical Worker Benefit to recognize hundreds of thousands of critical workers who continue to support and provide services to Albertans during this pandemic. Workers in health care, social services, and education, as well as some parts of the private sector defined as critical services, such as grocery and pharmacy retail, food processing, transportation, and private health clinics will receive this one-time payment to recognize their hard work and continued dedication to support Albertans throughout the pandemic. More information is available at <a href="https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=7725286D53275-A3FB-8F23-BADBD2282156211E” target=”_blank”><a href="https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=7725286D53275-A3FB-8F23-BADBD2282156211E” target=”_blank”>https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=7725286D53275-A3FB-8F23-BADBD2282156211E.

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

Alberta’s government expanded the SMERG to include new businesses and unregistered sole proprietors.

The SMERG program is still open and accepting applications until March 31, 2021. If you own a business and were forced to close or reduce your services as a result of COVID-19, I encourage you to apply. You can find more information about the SMERG at https://www.alberta.ca/sme-relaunch-grant.aspx.

211 Services

Residents of Calgary-North East are covered by 211 services. If you are struggling with mental health, finances, or navigating the new COVID-19 relief programs, 211 can help. Simply dial 2-1-1 or visit ab.211.ca to connect with a 211 Community Resource Specialist who will talk to you about your situation and help you find the programs or services that are right for you. This service is free, confidential, and available 24/7, 365 days a year, in 170+ languages.

Thank you once again for continuing to follow health guidelines during these challenging times.

As always, if you need to get in touch with me on any provincial issue or have questions, please feel free to reach out to my office.

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