Live at 3:30 p.m.: Province provides an update on COVID-19 response

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will be providing an update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health in the province later today.

Kenney said that the provincial government is rolling out further measures to counter the economic blows to small and medium businesses in the province.

“Many Albertans have been receiving layoff notices and businesses have been closing their doors, some businesses unsure if they will ever open again,” said the premier, noting that tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs in the last few days.

“The people can know that their provincial government will be doing everything they can to provide them with a stable future during this challenging time, and it is a challenging time.”

One of the measures being taken is that the government is reversing an increase to the education property tax that was announced in Budget 2020, maintaining 2019 property tax requisition amounts, which is anticipated to save about $55 million for households and $32 million for businesses.

The government will not be banning evictions at this time, though Kenney said it is still on the table. For now, the premier is calling on landlords to “do the right thing” and extend rent relief to tenants.

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