The spring session of the legislature has wrapped with the Alberta Government continuing to pass legislation aimed to protect the lives and livelihoods of Albertans. Facing a third wave of COVID, Albertans were once again asked to take a step back and limit activities. I know this was not easy, but it was necessary to protect our health care system and the health of each other.
Throughout these restrictions it was important that the Government of Alberta continue to support Albertans and businesses. It was encouraging to see a third round of the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG) offering financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations.
I am encouraged to see the number of Albertans who have received the COVID vaccine to date. The Alberta Government has also made it easier for employees to take up to three hours of paid vaccination leave, reducing barriers for employees to get vaccinated. Getting Albertans vaccinated is critical in not only protecting lives, but in opening up our province again, especially as summer is around the corner.
I know in chatting with many of you that economic recovery and a path to creating jobs is top of mind as we get out of this pandemic. I am pleased to announce that I will be hosting a townhall with guest speaker, the Honourable Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation, to discuss and take your questions on the Alberta Government’s plans on our economic recovery.
If you are interested in attending the townhall or have any questions on a provincial issue, please feel free to reach out to my office at Calgary.firstname.lastname@example.org.