Financial Supports

Financial Supports

Governments and organizations continue to respond to the impacts of coronavirus. Financial supports are a big concern, so we will be collecting as many finance related resources as we can on this page. We will direct you to government, agency or community financial supports and resources.  For information relating to your tenancy, or anything else Calgary Housing Company related, please visit the CHC Supports page. We will continue to add resources and updates to this page. Last updated January, 5, 2021. 

Government of Canada Assistance

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Supports for individuals from the Government of Canada include:

  • Employment Insurance (EI) program
  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
  • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
  • Supports for Indigenous peoples

Visit Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan section for individuals to get more information.

Check out the Government of Canada Benefits Finder

Need help completing forms for support? The Aboriginal Friendship Center of Calgary staff can help people get their benefits filled out over the phone. Call 403-428-3361

[Updated Jan 5, 2020]

Government of Alberta Assistance

The Alberta government is committed to supporting the province’s most vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, including individuals and families who receive social assistance.

Family and Social Supports info from the Government of Alberta – Information about financial assistance and services for seniors, children, people with disabilities, and individuals and families in crisis.

AISH, Income Support and the Canada Emergency Response Benefit – AISH and Income Support recipients who have lost work and income because of COVID-19 can exempt a portion of the Government of Canada’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), if they receive it. This means a portion of the CERB payment will not affect their provincial benefits.

Government of Alberta Emergency Financial Assistance – financial assistance may be available for families and individuals facing an unexpected emergency.

[Updated Jan 5, 2021]

Other Financial Supports

2-1-1 Community Social Service Assistance  – call 2-1-1 for information about social services available in your area. You can also visit their website to search for services available.

Enough for all COVID-19 Resources List  – Information sheet prepared by Enough For All, in partnership with Momentum, the United Way and the City of Calgary. [Added Jan. 5/21]

Fair Entry – Programs and services for low income Calgarians – The City of Calgary  Fair Entry program allows for individuals and families to apply for multiple programs and services with one application. Eligibility is based on your income.[Added Jan 5/21]

Women’s Centre of Calgary staff and volunteers are available by phone or email until the latest restrictions are lifted. They are available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m for assistance. Please call 403-264-1155 or email[Updated Jan 5/21]

Calgary Housing Community Supports Page – check out our Community Supports page for information on various community centers, hubs and agencies available to help with things like basic needs, and other resources. [Added Jan. 5/21]

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Have Your Voice Heard

In early 2024 we will be reaching out to residents to gather your experiences, opinions, and ideas to inform our Anti-Racism Strategy.

You can participate by:

  • Completing the survey that will be distributed in early 2024
  • Volunteer to join a focus group (this will be available through the survey)


Watch for more information coming soon!