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April 13, 2020 | No Comments

Benefits for Canadians

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides emergency support of  $2000 a month for Canadians affected by the COVID-19 emergency. 

Remember: the way the government set up CERB you need to reapply every 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

 

Employment Insurance

Employment Insurance (EI) remains available for Canadians. 

If you are sick or your employment has been affected by COVID-19 and you qualify for EI you can apply below. 

For more information visit their website or contact EI’s COVID-19 phone line at (833) 381-2725.

 

 

 

Tax and benefit changes to help Canadians

 

 

Support for businesses 

Support for farmers

 

 

Support for students 

The proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)  would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students who aren’t eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Employment Insurance or unable to work due to COVID-19.

We Conservatives are also calling for a program that matches students looking for work with essential jobs in agriculture. 

Farmers across Canada need workers and students need jobs.

This is a win-win policy that helps students, farmers and maintain the security of our food supply. 

 

 

 

Assistance programs offered from the Government of Alberta

 

 

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Learn more about COVID-19

What are COVID-19 symptoms?

 

Health Canada lists the following as symptoms of COVID-19:

Symptoms may take 14 days to appear after exposure. If you have symptoms you’re required in Alberta to self-isolate for 10 days. 

 

 

 

Physical distancing

Physical distancing or social distancing  is a method to minimize close contact with others to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone should be practicing physical distancing.  

What you can do: 

Use technology to keep in touch with friends and family.

 

 

 

What is self-isolation? 

As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under to self-isolate for:

How to self-isolate:

If you have no symptoms, you may go outside for a walk or fresh air, provided you practice social distancing at all times and stay two metres away from other people.

Fines for breaching a self-isolation order are as high as $500,000. 

 

 

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April 9, 2020 | No Comments

Today marks the 103 anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge

On the morning of April 9, 1917 the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force stormed the German lines upon Vimy Ridge in northern France. After three days of heavy fighting the ridge was in Canadian hands.

The battle of Vimy Ridge is a defining moment in Canadian history. It’s where Canadians working together achieved a significant victory and helped forge our nation.

Yet, this victory came at a heavy price, 3,598 Canadians were killed and another 7,000 were wounded.

Today, Canadians are fighting a very different battle. But just like Canadians of previous generations, with our combined determination and duty we’ll come through this fight stronger and more united than ever.

Lest we forget.

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April 6, 2020 | No Comments

Apply for federal cash

Today (April 6) is the first day you can apply for the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) meant to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of Canada says it’s paid in blocks of four weeks in the amount of $2,000 at the rate of $500 per week. A maximum 16 weeks of benefits can be paid. Apply online here (based on your birth month): www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this weekend promised that if Canadians who are eligible apply, they’ll receive money in as soon as three to five days.

I sincerely hope that promise can be met because scores of Canadians are in dire straits and they need money quickly. As the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Griesbach, I want to hear about your experiences if you apply for this program. 

Canadians deserve the best possible service from their federal government during this time of crisis and I want to ensure they get it. E-mail me directly at: kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca

Convicted criminals shouldn’t be released

Anyone serving time in a federal prison is serving serious time for a serious crime.

Convicted criminals should be behind bars not out in the public.

Releasing serious criminals puts the Canadian public at an increased risk that is unacceptable.

How to prevent COVID-19

You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Public Health or the Public Health Authority of Canada

Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811. 

What are COVID-19 symptoms? 

 

 

 

What is social distancing?

 

 

 

What is self-isolation?

 

 

 

Wage subsidy available 

 

 

 

New travel rule in effect

There are compulsory rules for Canadians who return home. 

 

 

 

Assistance programs offered from the Government of Alberta

 

 

 

Bad timing on MP pay hike

By now, you’ve likely heard about the 2.1% pay raise for Members of Parliament that kicked in automatically April 1.

Sadly, Opposition MPs cannot legally stop this federal government-legislated pay raise.

But I intend to donate the money I get in this pay hike to charities and organizations in my Edmonton Griesbach riding that are working hard to make life better for people amid this COVID-19 health crisis.

Carbon tax hike unfair

Regardless of how one feels about the federal carbon tax, it shouldn’t be raised during a crisis. Yet, that’s exactly what the government has just done. On April 1, the carbon tax went up by 50%.  

This tax makes it harder for struggling Canadians who are currently in no position to pay more in taxes.

During a crisis like this, the government should help struggling Canadians, not raise their taxes. 

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You said it

I always like to hear feedback from my constituents. 

There’s nothing more important than hearing from everyday Canadians, especially during a crisis.

As your Member of Parliament, I need to know your experiences accessing the government services that have been created for you.

With your feedback I can pass along any issues and work to fix any problems with services.

Please do send me your feedback on your experiences with government services.

Here’s some feedback I’ve received:

“I think that people really should be trying to avoid going out a lot regardless of whether they have symptoms.” Adrienne K.

“I have been calling this number 1-800-531-7555 every day, all day since Sunday but the line is busy. They won’t even put me on hold.” Agnieszka H.

“I have been calling everyday and cannot get through on the phone lines.
When I go on to my Service Canada it states they need to talk to me for more information and to call 1-800-531-7555 to talk to a agent. Nothing will be processed until I talk to an agent.” Sherry D.

 “I am out of options and have spent over 16 hours on the phone with CRA and Service Canada to receive information, and have had no luck.” Amanda S.

“I’ve tried for three days to reach Revenue Canada on their help line and it’s impossible to get through.” Jim B.

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I want to hear from you 

I’m always eager to hear from you. Do you have beefs? Bouquets? Suggestions?

Drop me a note at my e-mail address.

Please note our local Edmonton constituency office is currently still open to serve you but it’s by appointment only. We simply ask that you call ahead to book an appointment.

Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

E-mail:
Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.ca

Phone:
(780) 495-3261

Mail (postage free): 
Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

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April 6, 2020 | No Comments

MPs shouldn’t be getting a pay raise

By now, you’ve likely heard about the 2.1% pay raise for members of Parliament that kicked in automatically April 1.

Sadly, Opposition MPs cannot legally stop this federal government-legislated pay raise.

But I intend to donate the money I get in this pay hike to charities and organizations in my Edmonton Griesbach riding that are working hard to make life better for people amid this COVID-19 health crisis.

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April 5, 2020 | No Comments

What are COVID-19 symptoms?

 

Health Canada lists the following as symptoms of COVID-19:

Symptoms may take 14 days to appear after exposure. If you have symptoms you’re required in Alberta to self-isolate for 10 days. 

 

 

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March 30, 2020 | No Comments

COVID-19 info from MP Kerry Diotte

I’m here for you

My staff and I have been kept busy helping travellers return to Canada after the federal government ordered them to do so.

A couple of cases come to mind — requests to assistance constituents in Peru, Morocco and on a ship in the South Pacific. 

We’ve also been helping folks to get COVID-19-related benefits promised by the feds and province. 

We’re here to help.

But I’m also interested to know your situation. Are you working from home or an office or shop? Have you been laid off? Are you feeling ill and have to be in isolation? 

Are you getting the help you need from various levels of government or other organizations? Have you had good service or bad when you’ve sought help and information? What can be done to improve the response to COVID-19 and all the challenges of living in these exceptional times? Let me know. I’m always interested in your feedback. 

There are lots of challenges ahead but if my staff and I can answer any questions, point you in the right direction or navigate some red tape we’ll do our best.

All the best, to you and your loved ones. Stay healthy! My e-mail is kerry.diotte@parl.gc.ca


Edmonton Griesbach cruise ship couple safe

Here’s an update on the story of two Edmonton Griesbach constituents of mine who were aboard the ill-fated Norwegian Jewel cruise ship.

They were among 350 Canadians (and at least a half dozen Edmontonians) aboard the vessel that’d been turned away from allowing passengers to disembark at multiple ports even though there were no cases aboard of COVID-19. 

They reached out to me and I liaised with Global Affairs to try to help.

Good news they where eventually allowed to disembark and are now safely back in Canada.

If you are a Canadian abroad in need of assistance please contact me. As your Member of Parliament I’m here to help. 

“Norwegian Jewel passengers are finally leaving the once-stranded cruise ship” Link


You can find up-to-date information from Alberta Public Health or the Public Health Authority of Canada

Alberta Public Health can also be reached by phone at 811. 


What is social distancing?

 

 

 


 

What is self-isolation?

 

 

 


Benefits available for you and your family

See below for information of measures Parliament has passed to help you and your family: 

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

Employment Insurance

Tax and benefit changes to help Canadians

 

 

 


 

Support for Canadian workers and businesses 

 

 

 


 

Canadians returning home

There are Compulsory rules for Canadians who return home.

 

 

 


 

Help from the Government of Alberta

 

 

 



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I want to hear from you 

I’m always eager to hear from you. Do you have beefs? Bouquets? Suggestions?

Drop me a note at my e-mail address.

Please note our local Edmonton constituency office is currently still open to serve you but it’s by appointment only. We simply ask that you call ahead to book an appointment.

Thanks so much. Stay healthy!

Email:
Kerry.Diotte@parl.gc.ca

Phone:
(780) 495-3261

Mail (postage free): 
Kerry Diotte, MP 
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

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March 30, 2020 | No Comments

Assistance programs offered from the Government of Alberta

Learn more here

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March 30, 2020 | No Comments

Wage subsidy available

Support for farmers

Learn more here

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March 30, 2020 | No Comments

Benefits are available for you and your family

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides emergency support of  $2000 a month for Canadians affected by the COVID-19 emergency. 

You can apply here

You can contact the department of Finance by email at fin.financepublic-financepublique.fin@canada.ca or phone 613-369-3710. 

Employment Insurance

Employment Insurance (EI) remains available for Canadians. 

If you are sick or your employment has been affected by COVID-19 and you qualify for EI you can apply here

For more information visit their website or contact EI’s COVID-19 phone line at (833) 381-2725.

 

Tax and benefit changes to help Canadians

Learn more here

 

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