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Alberta announces more funding for continuing care and addictions services

Premier Jason Kenney announced the government would be providing extra financial support to protect vulnerable Albertans.

About $68.5 million has been dedicated to a one-time funding opportunity to support those in non-contracted licensed supportive living and both contracted and non-contracted home care, hospices and residential addiction and mental health treatment centres.

“We must do everything possible to protect vulnerable Albertans and the workers supporting them from COVID-19,” says Kenney. “Today’s $68.5 million in support for continuing care homes is on top of $260 million that Alberta’s government has already provided to help caregivers support vulnerable seniors throughout the pandemic.”

The funding can be used to pay for increased staffing, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. The total amount will be spread with $48 million going towards non-contracted licensed supportive living, $9.9 million to residential addiction and mental health treatment facilities, $9.6 million for home care and $1 million for residential community hospice.

Organizations who were operating from March 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021 are eligible for payment. The province will be providing more information on the application process in the coming weeks.

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