The COVID-19 Essential Services Resource Request Program helps identify and ensure non-profit and municipal government organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks, and other resources such as proper sanitation equipment to maintain a safe work environment during the pandemic. Please note, provincial, federal, and AHS organizations are to order directly from the Province of Alberta.
Equipment is in high demand and supply is limited. When distributing supplies, we will follow the advice of provincial health authorities and prioritize organizations on the frontlines of the response and at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Requests will be reviewed and fulfilled based on priority and availability of goods. The resources will be distributed in moderate quantities and organizations may not receive their full request.
Non-profit and non-AHS organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response are eligible to apply.
These groups include agencies that support vulnerable populations, child care operators, police and peace officers, municipal fire, protection services, emergency management staff, and critical infrastructure operators.
They must be located in the following municipalities:
If you do not meet these criteria, PPE4Biz has a limited supply of essential safety items such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers will be available for purchase to eligible businesses that do not have these supplies on hand and has completed a business hazards assessment.
We are working with the Government of Alberta to distribute supplies such as:
Medical experts are providing advice on which PPE is required for specific operations and practices.
Medical masks, including surgical masks, procedure masks, and respirators (like N95 masks) must be kept for healthcare workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.
Face coverings include cloth masks that prevent respiratory droplets from the mouth and nose spreading to others. They may help in preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus before someone is showing symptoms.
Face coverings should only be used in combination with other steps to prevent the spread, such as hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and physical distancing.
A surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable mask that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and the immediate environment.
Surgical masks are made in different thicknesses and with different abilities to protect you from contact with liquids. If worn properly, a surgical mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose. Surgical masks may also help prevent respiratory droplets from your mouth and nose impacting others.
N95 masks are special protective masks provided to health care providers for use during specific care. They protect the wearer from airborne particles of a specific size. Alberta Health has specific guidelines for personal protective equipment for these roles. N95 masks are not recommended for the general public, who will typically not find themselves in these settings.
Once a request is made, you will receive a call back from a program assessor within 72-hours. They will conduct an assessment to see if you meet the program’s criteria. If you are approved, the distribution of goods will be arranged.
The primary source of information for Albertans about COVID-19 is Alberta.ca/covid19.