PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
April 2, 2020
Lethbridge County announces 90-day utility penalty deferrals for citizens financially impacted by COVID-19
LETHBRIDGE COUNTY– Lethbridge County recognizes that citizens may be facing financial challenges due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The County wants to ensure that our citizens can still receive essential utility services during this time.
The Province has recently announced a 90-day deferral on all utility penalties (for more information visit https://www.alberta.ca/utility-payment-deferral.aspx). Going forward, Lethbridge County will not charge penalties on utility accounts for the next 90 days, beginning April 1, 2020 and will accept late payments for the same time period. Additionally, water shut offs will not be done for the next 90 days.
Please note that payments have not been cancelled and accounts will still require payment. The County is encouraging customers to pay their water bills when they come due, but if they are unable to pay, they will have an additional 90 days to pay without penalty or late fees.
“This is an incredibly difficult and uncertain time,” says Chief Administrative Officer Ann Mitchell. “We recognize that some of our utility customers will not have the ability to pay their accounts right now. If you are not currently facing financial difficulties, we ask that you continue making your payments to avoid potentially large payments in the future from deferrals. Utility payments are also critical to funding the County’s operations for our citizens.”
Lethbridge County staff are available for assistance with utility accounts by calling (403) 328-5525 Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
- PSA- Lethbridge County COVID-19 update (March 30, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County offices to operate at reduced staffing levels (March 23, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County COVID-19 update (March 20, 2020)
- Message from Reeve Lorne Hickey on COVID-19 (March 18, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County response to COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County – March 19, 2020 Council Meeting CANCELLED, Public Hearing for Bylaw 20-002 and Urban Municipalities Signing of the Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks and Recreation Agreements also cancelled (March 16, 2020)
- PSA- Lethbridge County offices closed to the public until further notice (March 15, 2020)
Click the link to pay your utility bills and accounts receivables online: Online Payments
CONTACT LETHBRIDGE COUNTY
Click the link to view Lethbridge County administration contacts: Contact Lethbridge County
ASSISTANCE FOR ALBERTANS
SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CITIZENS
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)- FOR LETHBRIDGE COUNTY CITIZENS
Click the link to go to the FCSS website: FCSS Website
HELP DURING TOUGH TIMES- ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES
This is a stressful time for many. Alberta Health Services has numerous resources if you need help.
Click on the link for more information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/page16759.aspx
ASSISTANCE FOR LOW GERMAN SPEAKING CITIZENS
Click the link for information: Help in Low German
Alberta Health Services has some great resources on staying healthy as we all practice social distancing.
Click the link for more information: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/Page15439.aspx
INFORMATION FOR PRODUCERS
WORKING WITH ANIMALS DURING COVID-19
Click the links for more information:
Canadian Cattlemen's Association: https://www.cattle.ca/assets/5e5b4243e8/Branding-Time-Information_COVID-19-Tips-for-Canadian-Beef-Operations_Final.pdf
Poultry Industry Council: https://www.poultryindustrycouncil.ca/covid-19-ag-impact-info/
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS
The Government of Canada has announced support for farmers and agri-food businesses through Farm Credit Canada.
Click the link for more information: Government of Canada Assistance for Farmers
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) has a list of resources that businesses may find helpful as they navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click the link for more information: Economic Developers Alberta Resources List
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19
The Government of Alberta is providing emergency funding and support for businesses, such as corporate income tax changes, WCB premium payment deferral, etc.
Click the link for more information: Government of Alberta assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19
GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA SOCIAL SERVICES SUPPORT FUNDING
The Government of Alberta is providing funding to charities and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19. Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding will be distributed to civil society organizations. These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.
Click the links for more information:
- Guidelines for Social Services Support Funding
- Application Form for Social Services Support Funding
- Additional Information: Government of Alberta Website
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LETHBRIDGE AND SOUTHWESTERN ALBERTA RESPONSE AND RECOVERY GRANTING PROGRAM
The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has announced a grant program for charitable organizations dealing with response and recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant deadline is April 17, 2020.
Click the link for more information: www.cflsa.ca/#covid19
MORE INFORMATION ON COVID-19
Click the link to view Alberta Health Services information: AHS COVID-19 information
Click the link to view a short video about COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread: https://www.swhealth.org/dr-peter-lin-breaks-down-information-on-coronavirus-covid-19/