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  • Select pandemic response efforts to continue under the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act

    New amendments are being proposed as the State of Public Health Emergency has ended

    Proposed amendments to Bill 24, the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, will allow some response efforts to continue as the State of Public Health Emergency lapsed on June 15. 

    Under the Bill 24 amendments, new measures will be introduced to support the safe and successful reopening of Alberta’s economy.

    “Bill 24 allows us to continue to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect public health and ensure Albertans have access to the services and support they need as Alberta moves forward with reopening our economy,” said the Minister of Health Tyler Shandro. 

    Bill 24 extended existing measures including unpaid job-protection leave specific to COVID-19 to August 2021, remote signing and witnessing of estate and care documents, extending the maximum time for temporary layoffs from 120 days to 180 days, extending arrangements that support the Chief Medical Officer of Health Order’s that limits health-care facility employees working at one site, and creating a new regulation-making authority to support and empower orders of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

    New measures to Bill 24 include changing requirements for temporary pandemic-related health facilities, including permitting exemptions for temporary facilities such as drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites, extending deadlines for the public release of Alberta’s annual report and financial statements to Aug. 31, and ensuring Albertans retain the right to appeal claims related to private career colleges in the courts. 

    Visit, https://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=bills_status&selectbill=024&legl=30&session=2, for additional information on Bill 24.