COVID-19 civil liability protection

The COVID-19 Related Measures Act (Bill 70) extends COVID-19 civil liability protection to the health sector, including continuing care.

Status: Bill 70 received royal assent on June 17, 2021
Ministry responsible: Health


Bill 70: the COVID-19 Related Measures Act provides Alberta’s health system with civil liability protection in the event of transmission or possible exposure to COVID-19 in health-care settings.

This protection did not exist before in the Public Health Act or any other provincial legislation.

Key changes

The COVID-19 Related Measures Act ensures health services providers cannot be held liable for damages due to COVID-19 spread or exposure as long as they follow public health orders, guidance and legislation. Protection would not apply in the event of gross negligence.

The legislation applies to:

  • Alberta Health Services
  • regulated health professionals
  • health service facilities, including:
    • hospitals
    • long-term care facilities
    • licensed supportive living
    • pharmacies
    • residential addiction treatment facilities
  • any owner, employee, contractor, and others in these groups
  • anyone else identified through future regulation as needed

Next steps

Bill 70, the COVID-19 Related Measures Act received royal assent on June 17, 2021, and took effect retroactively on March 1, 2020.