Alberta announces supports for businesses trying to enforce COVID-19 restrictions – CBC

1,254 new cases of COVID-19, 10 new deaths in last 24 hours

Oct 07, 2021

The Alberta government has announced new supports for businesses to help them implement and enforce COVID-19 measures including the province’s version of a vaccination passport.

The measures, introduced Thursday by Premier Jason Kenney, include a one-time, $2,000 implementation grant for small- and medium-sized businesses using Alberta’s restriction exemption program; a $1-million fund to support training to ensure employee safety; and a doubling of fines, from $2,000 to $4,000, for individuals who mistreat public-facing workers trying to enforce it.

“We’ve heard instances of individuals who are not in favour of vaccinations, who are not in favour of providing that ID, going in and harassing workers on the front line in small businesses across Alberta,” Doug Schweitzer, minister of jobs, economy and innovation, told the news conference.

“That’s completely unacceptable. We want to send a strong signal that that type of behaviour will not be tolerated in Alberta. We cannot accept it. It’s not a part of our culture. We condemn it.”

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