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Support For Businesses Implementing REP
REP Safety Training is now available to Alberta workers

Training is now available to support workers with the skills and confidence when implementing COVID-19 safety requirements, including the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP).

The REP Safety Training is a 45-minute online course to help workers assess and manage challenging situations that may arise during their daily work. The training is available at no cost to all Alberta-based employers and employees.

Through the training, workers will learn skills to help them work safely and the confidence to effectively and professionally communicate COVID-19 safety requirements, such as requesting proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test, physical distancing or masking.

Employers are required to enroll employees for the training on their behalf. An access code will then be sent via email to share with employees to take the training.

Learn more about the REP Safety Training and to enroll your employees today.

Support For Businesses Implementing REP

November 16, 2021 Media inquiries

Eligible organizations participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) can now apply for a $2,000 grant to help offset some of the implementation costs.

The $20-million Restrictions Exemption Program Implementation Grant is now open to all eligible businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations. In-scope small and medium-sized organizations may use the one-time funding as they see fit.

“The Restrictions Exemption Program has allowed participating organizations to operate almost like business as usual. We know there is a cost to implement the program so we are responding by providing $2,000 to businesses.”

Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation

“Because of the Restrictions Exemption Program, organizations have been able to reopen and provide their guests with the goods and services they want and need. We are stepping up to support those organizations by helping them offset some of the costs of verification.”

Martin Long, parliamentary secretary for Small Business and Tourism

Alberta is the first province to provide funding support to organizations participating in a program that requires patrons age 12 and older to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or medical exemption.

Applications can be made online.

Quick facts

  • To apply for the implementation grant, organizations must:
    • be on the list of eligible in-scope operators of organizations
    • implement the Restrictions Exemption Program consistently as part of daily operations
    • verify proof of vaccination, a recent negative COVID-19 test or proof of medical exemption for patrons age 12 and older
    • be a permanent establishment in Alberta
    • employ fewer than 500 employees
  • Organizations must ensure all of their information is complete and correct when applying. Incorrect or incomplete information may delay receipt of payment or cause the applicant to be denied payment.
  • The Restrictions Exemption Program allows businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations to remain open without the majority of public health restrictions.
    • It came into effect on Sept. 20.

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