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Josephine Pon


February 10, 2021



There are many hard-working people who have done so much to keep seniors safe and healthy during the pandemic. They work without recognition in seniors lodges located all over our province, and I am grateful for their care and dedication. I am talking about staff who work in building maintenance and housekeeping, food service workers and other front-line staff – some 5,000 people throughout Alberta.

I am so pleased that these workers and hundreds of thousands more will receive a one-time payment in recognition of their hard work and sacrifice.

The Critical Worker Benefit is a joint federal-provincial program that will see $465 million go to approximately 380,000 Alberta public and private sector workers in the form of $1,200 cash payments.

Our lodge workers have provided dedicated service and helped to maintain a safe environment for so many seniors. This one-time payment is a token of our appreciation for the hard work and effort to support seniors, and to keep them safe during the pandemic.

We expect all lodge workers to receive the payment before the end of March.

News: $465 million for Alberta’s critical workers (Feb 10, 2021)

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    Josephine Pon

    Josephine Pon served as Minister of Seniors and Housing from April 30, 2019 to October 24, 2022.