“Families are facing additional stress due to the pandemic and the uncertainty in the economy, we want to directly support these parents by alleviating the financial pressures they have faced this past year.”
The province unveiled a new $108 millon program Wednesday that will see a one-time payment of $561 per child go to eligible families whose children are receiving child care.
Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz announced the Working Parent Benefit program, whose says eligible families who wish to apply must have their children in any form of child care, either licensed or unlicensed.
The families household income must be $100,000 or less, and the family must have paid for three months of child care between April 1 and December 31, 2021. Receipts must be shown as proof of eligibility.
Families can apply starting March 1 to March 5, and applications will be open by region to manage volume. Applications will open March 2 for Northern Alberta residents, excluding the City of Grande Prairie. Those who live in urban centres, including Grande Prairie, can apply beginning March 3.
Applications close on March 31, which can be filled out here starting Mar. 1. A MyAlberta Digital ID will be required.