Critical Worker Benefit

A one-time payment to recognize Alberta’s critical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Critical Worker Benefit provided a one-time payment of $1,200 to eligible Albertans in recognition of their hard work to provide Albertans with the care and critical services they needed.

Program status

The Critical Worker Benefit Program is closed.

Audit and compliance

All applications and corresponding grants are subject to a potential audit by the Government of Alberta, or their authorized representatives, upon reasonable notice to the recipient.

Any audit process would encompass taking copies and extracts of the records and books of account maintained by the recipient in accordance with eligible criteria outlined in the Eligibility Criteria section of the program guidelines.  Read the application guidelines for the private sector for more information.

If records or accounts are deemed inadequate to permit a determination of eligibility, repayment of the grant funding by the recipient will be required.

Phase 2

Social services, social services workers

The Government of Alberta contacted social services sector employers to gather information and coordinate the distribution of the benefit to eligible workers.

Disability services employers had until December 13, 2021 to submit applications to the Ministry of Community and Social Services for disability sector workers. The reconciliation and declaration process is in its final stages.

The deadline for childcare employers to apply for the benefit for eligible workers through the Ministry of Children’s Services has closed and payments have been processed.