COVID-19 response: Weekly updates

Read the relaunch guidelines for disability service providers.

Read the weekly COVID-19 updates for disability service providers.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Personal protective equipment

Disability sector service providers may submit information regarding their specific needs and questions on the personal protection equipment (PPE) request form.

Families with Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Family Managed Service (FMS) and Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) agreements should contact their regional office if they require masks for workers coming into their homes.

Follow health directives

The Supportive Living Accommodation Licensing Act (SLALA) applies to licensed PDD group homes with 4 or more residents. Many PDD group homes do not fall under the SLALA.

However, all disability service providers that manage PDD group homes for adults with developmental disabilities – regardless of the number of residents – should follow provincial COVID-19 health protocols. These protocols are in place to help support the safety of group home residents and staff.

Read the public health orders here.

Isolation requirements

The best solution for anyone who is exposed to COVID-19 or becomes infected with the COVID-19 virus is to isolate where they live. This includes Albertans with developmental disabilities who live in group homes.

In some cases, isolating at home may not be possible for group home residents depending on their support needs. In cases like this, service providers can contact their PDD/FSCD regional office for support and information on how to access COVID-19 isolation spaces managed through the Alberta Emergency Management Response Team (EMRT).

If you have questions or concerns about the safety and security of your group home staff and residents, speak with your regional PDD/FSCD office and reach out to your local Alberta Health Services office. You can also call 811.

Government supports

The federal and provincial governments have developed programs to help organizations and individuals manage the impact of COVID-19. The Alberta COVID-19 website and the Government of Canada website provide the most up-to-date information on available federal and provincial supports.

Provincial wage subsidies

Service providers need to work collaboratively with regional Community and Social Services PDD and FSCD staff to operate within their contract amounts. Government staff are being as flexible as possible to best support PDD and FSCD service delivery during the pandemic.

The Alberta government and service providers have a shared responsibility to ensure all staff and clients are safe and follow the health protocols – which are legally binding – set by the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Federal wage subsidies

Specific eligibility criteria for federal financial support programs related to COVID-19 and information on the federal government’s overall pandemic response is on the Government of Canada website.

Interim FSCD and PDD policies

During the period of public health emergency in Alberta, interim FSCD and PDD policies are in place. These policies allow for greater flexibility for families and individuals during the pandemic.

Read the interim FSCD and PDD policies.

Reference guide on COVID-19

A reference guide on COVID-19 for people with disabilities has been developed to provide information on how to stay safe and limit the spread of the virus.

Read the reference guide (PDF, 115 KB).